I’m training to lead Holding Space.

I joined the DIT program for two reasons. First, I know it will challenge me personally and help me grow as a teacher and as a person. Second, I want to teach teachers. Specifically, teachers who want to go deeper into the inquiry of yoga, deeper into their own personal practice, and teachers who will undoubtedly have to the responsibility and privilege of  “holding space” for the sometimes uncomfortable evolution of their students.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than hiking, though ironically, I have no sense of direction!

I’m grateful to have recently hiked the Spanish Pyrenees and added it to my personal Top Four Favorite Hikes including Corcovado, Costa Rica; the Inca Train, Peru; and Pipiwai Trail, Maui. I also love a good beach, a good read, a good bar of chocolate, and of course, yoga retreats and trainings of any kind.

Favorite food is high quality dark chocolate.

For me, math is something to avoid as often as possible, and that includes measuring for recipes. However, I once spent time becoming certified in plant-based nutrition and working on an organic farm, so my favorite recipes are ridiculously simple, requiring no cooking.

My favorite person might be my dog Ava, who is quite sure she is a person, as well as my yoga-tolerant husband Dean, and college freshman son Lex.

Though not unique, I love any variation of “as we think, so we become.”

“The thought manifests the word;

The word manifests the deed;

The deed develops into habit;

And habit hardens into character;

So watch the thought and its ways with care,

And let them spring forth from love

Born out of compassion for all beings.

As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.”

Juan Mascaró

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)

My favorite destination is most anywhere. I’m happiest trekking through a rainforest, but an urban jungle will do in a pinch.

I grew up in a small town, in a time when a mother could drop her young daughter at the public library, rather than hire a babysitter. So, I love books and always have a stack of partially read ones. At the moment, “Science of Breath: A Practical Guide” by Swami Rama is on top.

One of the earliest battles I won with my mother was that I would NOT learn piano. (I lost the battle over ballet classes though.) As a result I have no musical ability, and occasionally admit Mom was right. (But not about the ballet.)

I’m excited to travel to India in October for a Pranakriya lineage adventure!

Thank you all for welcoming me and teaching me. I think you all are incredibly inspiring.