About me

I came to yoga by a different path than many, having practiced martial arts for years before shifting my focus to yoga. I hold a fifth-degree black belt in Seido Karate, and teach both children and adults at Seido, as well as yoga classes for Seido members. I am a certified RYT-200 (Registry ID 116168) yoga teacher, having completed the Kula Flow Foundations 200-hour training at Kula Yoga Project in New York City. I am also a wife, mom of two boys, and caregiver for one doggie named Oreo (who practices urdhva and adho mukha svanasana regularly). Besides yoga and karate, I also enjoy reading, knitting, crocheting, and hiking. You can also follow me on twittertumblrand pinterest. There's also facebook, instagram, and foursquare, but honestly, who has time for all that.

Since completing my 200-hour teacher training in 2013, I have continued my yoga education with several workshops, trainings, and seminars. I've listed these below. This list does not include anything taken before my Kula teacher training.

Applied anatomy with Lauren Haythe, June 12 & 19, 2013 (4 hours)

Teacher mentoring with Nikki Costello, February-May, 2013 (16 hours)

Yoga sutra study with Danielle Tarantola, April-May, 2013 (6 hours)

Weekend workshop: Bryan Kest's Power Yoga: Immersion in the Practice of Yoga, April  26-28, 2013 (11 hours)

Soma System workshops with Roman Torgovitsky, September 2013 (5 hours)

Weekend workshop: Kripalu Vigorous: A Journey of Exuberant Yoga with Danny Arguetty, January 3-5, 2014 (11 hours)


Yoga for Anxiety with Alison West, January 11, 2014 (3 hours)

Yoga for Depression with Alison West, January 12, 2014 (3 hours)

Pranayama, Body sighting/Adjustment, and Neck & Shoulders workshops with Gabriel Halpern, January 24-26, 2014 (7.5 hours)

The Lineage Project teacher training with Leslie Booker and Chia-Ti Chiu, January 31-February 2, 2014 (20 hours)

Restorative Yoga with Eve Seltzer at Yoga Union, February 15, 2014 (3 hours)

Conscious Embodiment: Applied Anatomy for Yoga with Zach Dacuk, November 2013 through March 2014 (50 hours)

Healing Your Injuries Through Forrest Yoga with Ana Forrest, April 25, 2014 (7 hours)

Intro to Alexander Technique with Witold Fitz-Simon, May 17, 2014 (3 hours)

Yoga for Pregnancy & Menstruation with Bobby Clennell, July 23, 2014 (3 hours)

Bunions with Debby Green, July 27, 2014 (3 hours)

The Great Work of Your Life: The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita with Stephen Cope, August 1-3, 2014 (11 hours)

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Gina Menza, September 19-21, 2014 (20 hours)

The Art of Adjustments with Nikki Vilella, Oct. 4, 2014 (3 hours)

Pranayama with Gabriel Halpern, Nov. 2, 2014 (2.5 hours)

Uddiyana Bandha and Nauli with Alison West, Nov. 16, 2014 (3 hours)

The Scapulo-Humeral Rhythm with Alison West, Dec. 7, 2014 (3 hours)

Savasana with Alison West, Jan. 23, 2015 (2 hours)

Clear Out, Restore, and Be with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2015 (8 hours)

Floor and Non-Surya Namaskar Sequences with Alison West, Feb. 21, 2015 (3 hours)

Standing Poses with Kevin Gardiner, March 7, 2015 (3 hours)

Forward Folds with Kevin Gardiner, March 8, 2015 (3 hours)

Gut Wisdom: Awakening the Wisdom of Our Enteric Nervous System with Bo Forbes, April 25, 2015 (2 hours)

Three Realms of Consciousness with Seane Corn, April 25, 2015 (2 hours)

The Fascial Web with Bo Forbes, April 26, 2015 (2 hours)

Anatomy for Backcare with Alison West, May 29, 2015 (2 hours)

Posture, Tadasana, and Sagittal Issues of the Spine with Alison West, May 29, 2015 (3 hours)

Introduction to Restorative Yoga with Deanna Sidotti, October 17, 2015 (3 hours)

Yoga Journal Live! conference at Kripalu, November 20-23, 2015

SHADOWS & LIGHT: Re-Claiming the Sacred Feminine in All with Seane Corn, May 7, 2016 (5 hours)

Arm Balances with Alison West, November 11, 2016 (3 hours)

The Bhagavad Gita with Bob Gilbo, March 10, 2017 (3 hours)

Yoga Nidra Workshop with Mona Anand, ISHTA Yoga, February 23, 2018 (5 hours)

What's the Fuzz? Anatomy lecture with Gil Hedley, March 12, 2017 (4 hours)

Kinetic Core Canister with Diana Zotos, Nov. 3, 2018 (3 hours)

Slings and Ropes Basic Certification Progam with Alison West, Feb 1-3, 2019 (15 hours)

Power Yoga Immersion with Bryan Kest, April 26-28, 2019 (8.25 hours)

Meditation Teacher Training with Alan Finger, Sarah Finger, and Peter Ferko, ISHTA Yoga, December 16-18, 2020 (20 hours)

Currently in Basic Backcare Certification with Alison West