My yoga journey began in early 1970 after reading the classic book, Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation. This book includes complete teach-yourself instructions. For over 40 years I practiced yoga by myself. In the early 2000s I had a second grade student whose mother was a yoga teacher. Xander’s mom is Briala da Silva. She was extremely influential to my yoga practice. In 2007 I took a 200 hour teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga at Power Yoga Works in Philadelphia with Bill Raup. I began teaching yoga at the school where I taught and in the community. When Briala offered a 250 hour yoga teacher training in 2012, how could I resist. I then began teaching yoga at Lancaster General Health to cancer patients. This opened up new and exciting possibilities. I participated in over 200 hours training in YCat – Teaching Yoga to People with Cancer and Chronic Illness. Additional training includes Yoga-Ed Instructor Training, Yoga-Ed Tools for Teachers, Thai Yoga Massage, the Trager Approach, and Reiki. I took a two year program, On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, that deepened my personal awareness of the inward presence of Spirit and how I may help others on their path.
In 2013 I began my studies to become a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the University of California, San Diego. This 8-week program teaches mindfulness meditation practices and helps participants cope more effectively with short-term and long-term stressful situations. It enhances participants’ focus, resilience and capacity to recover more quickly from challenging events. Movement meditation, Yoga and QiGong, are part of this program so it was a natural fit for me. Ask me about those 10 day silent retreats that are part of the training!
All of these teachings come together so I may offer myself and my clients a multifaceted approach of mind, body and spirit practices.