“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
What is this yoga?
My approach to yoga is an intuitive one, it is inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli, and has been taught to me by Diane Long.
I was always practicing some type of movement, but the gymnastics, running, and other strenuous activities I thought were necessary for a healthy life seemed to be leading me down a path of accumulating tension in my body. I began looking for something different. After reading some books about yoga, I took my first yoga class in my early 20’s. It was a revelation – one that I didn’t completely understand at the time – but I knew it felt right and I also somehow knew from the very first class that I wanted to teach it! It was in the early 1990’s, long before there was a yoga teacher training program on every corner. I had no idea how one would become a yoga teacher! I expressed my interest to the instructor, and was fortunate to be introduced to the importance of private yoga lessons and the necessity of developing one’s own practice, which I did over the following years. Eventually I was ready to teach. While I loved what I was doing, I felt there was something missing – I didn’t quite know where it was all going. I wondered what I would do (and teach) once I had “done” all the poses. After expressing this concern to a friend and fellow yoga teacher, I was introduced to 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 25 years. Diane became my teacher and I continue to study with Diane today.
How did I get here?
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. I received a BA in environmental science, became involved in environmental education, and taught science at a independent elementary school in Philadelphia. As I developed my yoga practice, I decided to leave the elementary school teaching and earn a degree in massage therapy from the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy. I also became a certified Pilates instructor. While studying and practicing massage therapy and pilates was beneficial to my growth, eventually after working with Diane long enough it was clear to me that this yoga is so complete as to not need other forms of “exercise”. I dedicated myself solely to the practice and instruction of yoga. Diane is a peripatetic teacher, and I 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 have traveled and taught throughout Europe and the United States, and India.
Almost 20 years later, I continue to teach yoga. I also continue my relentless pursuit of an authentic and inspired life – as a teacher, mother, wife, student, friend and community member…