Yoga Instructor, YRT 200
Specializations & Experience
I was introduced to yoga for the first time in my early 20s. I went to classes, and I enjoyed them, but I did not stick with it.
After being laid off from my job as a flight attendant in 2003, a career that spanned 30 years, I returned to college to study Middle School Education. I had a family – a husband, two kids in middle school, and three part-time jobs – and I was stressed out! I decided it was time for me to find a yoga class.
The local health club had classes that fit into my crazy schedule, so I made sure to carve out one hour a week for self-care. It was not the ideal place to practice, but I was able to find the balance in my body and the quiet in my mind I so desperately needed. My body felt so good when the hour was over, and it was enough to get me through the week! I was hooked, and a seed was planted for “someday when I retire.”
I taught Middle School Special Education for 10 years, and remained committed to my weekly practice, but after a couple of years discovered that was not enough. I found that I needed daily yoga and meditation practice in order to maintain my serenity. Yoga was the only time I could quiet my mind and be with my breath. I woke up at 4 a.m. every morning to practice and meditate.
I decided in summer 2018 that I was going to retire at the end of the next school year. “Someday when I retire” was here, but I knew I wasn’t finished evolving. I got this crazy idea to share the gift of yoga with others. I retired in May, and in June I headed to Mexico to do my teacher training. I lived in a tent on the beach for 26 days, was immersed in the yogic lifestyle, practiced yoga every morning, learned correct alignment, how to sequence asanas, and taught my classmates. The experience was truly life changing.
I am excited to join St. Louis Wellness Center’s community and look forward to sharing the gift of yoga with others.