“Attention without feeling, I began to learn, is only a report. An openness – an empathy – was necessary if the attention was to matter.” -Mary Oliver
As far back as can remember, I have been in pursuit of acquiring the tools to live an authentic, engaged and aligned life, and deeply passionate about exploring and nurturing the body/mind relationship, as well as our relationships with each other and our surroundings.
After graduating from college I became involved in environmental education. At that same time I started to explore yoga. I instantly felt at home, and I starting teaching yoga in 1997. I also became interested in body work, earning a degree in massage therapy.
Through yoga and massage I began to see how one could unravel the mysteries of the body. My interest and curiosity led me to look for something different, something deeper. I found this when I discovered Vanda Scaravelli’s book “Awakening the Spine“.
Here I found something that spoke to wholeness and beauty and the importance of refining one’s attention, and something that would continually evolve. This discovery lead me to Diane Long, who was Vanda’s student for 23 years. Diane became my teacher in 1998 and I continue to study with her today.
Diane is a peripatetic teacher, and I have traveled the world studying with her, as well as teaching. I’ve lived and taught in Philadelphia, PA; Berkeley, CA; Rome, Italy; and Madison, WI. I am now based in Los Angeles, CA for most of the year, and Toffia, Italy in the summer.