About Me

Hi!

I am a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist and teach private sessions, group classes, and workshops in Harbor Country, MI and Chicago. I began practicing yoga from a book in high school, and immediately experienced the benefits of this holistic and whole-being practice. 

My desire is to make Yoga accessible and beneficial to everyone in their own way. This led to my in-depth training with Integrative Yoga Therapy, where I learned practices for individuals, specific health conditions, and deeper levels of wellbeing.

I have also trained with Sara Meeks, PT, in  Yoga for Bone Health and Osteoporosis, and assist in training programs for the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.

Read more about Yoga Therapy and articles I've written. 

 

Areas of Specialty

Back Pain
Osteoporosis/penia
Pelvic Pain

Back pain affects many people, and can occur for numerous reasons over the course of our lives.

Through spinal decompression, movements that facilitate circulation,  flexibility, and aligned posture, the practice of Yoga and therapeutic movements can be immensely powerful for alleviating back pain.

When practiced preventatively, yoga can limit painful episodes or in certain circumstances, even prevent them from occurring.

Balance, posture, and strength become more important to practice routinely as we age.

Safe transitions, specific postures and movement focused on alignment are essential to reduce compression on degenerative joints.

 

Private lessons, group classes, and workshops focused around Osteoporosis/penia will also focus on core muscle and lower extremity strengthening, which supports the spine to maintain stability throughout the day.  

The muscles of the pelvic floor are hugely impactful to everyday movement and bodily function.

For many reasons, the pelvic floor can be underutilized, chronically tense, and out of alignment. 

Tools of Yoga Therapy such as breathing techniques, visualization, and props help access the muscles of the pelvic floor for proper alignment, engagement, and relaxation.  

 

Trained in trauma sensitivity, private lessons and workshops for pelvic floor health are taught with mindfulness, relaxation, and in a safe setting. 

Styles and Forms

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga encompasses a wide range of yogic tools - mindful awareness, breathing techniques, postures, and relaxation. 

Often a Hatha Yoga class will spend adequate time in each pose to focus on alignment, body awareness, and breathe.

Breathing techniques focus the mind and engage certain areas of the body before, during, and after the poses.

The stimulation of our parasympathetic nervous system, or "relaxation response", is essential for creating effective change. This is why each Hatha Yoga class concludes with Svasana, or "final resting pose". 

Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga uses props such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, and sometimes a chair or the wall to support the body in a pose. 

Each pose is done in a seated, supine, or prone position, with the focus on relaxation vs. stretching the body to it's

 maximum depth.   

Each pose is held anywhere between two and ten minutes to allow for deeper release of tension.

 

Breathing techniques and guided meditations can also be used to access a deeper levels of energetic  restoration. 

Meditation

Did you know that meditation can take on many forms - beyond sitting still for minutes at a time?

There are running meditations, walking meditations, guided meditations, meditations with mudras (hand gestures) and meditation through postures.

 

Meditation can calm anxiety, move depression, focus the mind, enhance compassion, and impact our relationship to ourselves and each other. 

The style and goal of meditation is different for each person, and at different times in life. 

Yoga Therapy and the practice of Self Study can direct which  meditation practice will be most beneficial for you at this time. 

 
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