I consider myself a midwife of conscious and connected living.
Life is a gift, and it is complicated, particularly during these times of swelling change. Anxiety, isolation, fear, and disconnection are pervasive modern maladies that can be remedied. I believe we have immense resilience as humans, we all long for purpose and meaningful relationships, and that much of our suffering is unnecessary- this goes for physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual suffering. I love supporting others towards more holistic living, healing, and recognizing their worth and unique contribution in this world. I do this work through the pathways of meditation and yoga, personal counseling based on needs, goals and current life circumstances, and offering opportunities to experience nature and adventure through travel. When we prioritize our health, identify our self-defeating unconscious patterns, embrace support through our relationships, and employ practices and lifestyle choices that buoy our sustained well-being, we step into a deeply fulfilling way of being.
The main influences that have shaped my life story are the opportunity to live and work in the wilderness, and the discovery of yoga and meditation, which happened concurrently around 1999. My time in the wilderness provided the opportunity to shed a lot of fear and disconnection I felt with nature. Nature inspired awe, helped me learn to be with discomfort, and allowed me to witness its extraordinary interconnectedness. It also taught me how strong I can be. Yoga and meditation opened me in extraordinary ways, physically but more importantly internally, to who I was and what was possible, which continues to unfold. Since that time and the cultivation of many years of dedicated practice and sincere study, I regard the system of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as some of the best technology available to improve the health of the body, to instill stability and resilience in the mind, and to open the pathways to the supreme treasure in every heart. The best part is it is accessible to everyone. As long as you can breathe, you can practice.
I received my first yoga teaching certifications in 2003 and 2004 through the Integral Yoga Institute.
In 2007 I met my teacher and mentor, modern day master Yogarupa Rod Stryker, who later initiated me into the Sri Vidya lineage in 2010. I have been closely studying and teaching ParaYoga for over a decade, an approach that preserves the wisdom and potency of the yoga tradition while remaining relevant to the modern day practitioner. I am currently a 500hr level teacher and received the comprehensive ParaYoga Level 1 certification in the spring of 2014. I have been serving the Madison, WI area as a passionate yoga and meditation teacher since 2004. I teach group classes, lead regional retreats, international excursions (sometimes with a yoga/meditation focus, sometimes not), and work with individuals one on one.
I venture regularly back into the wilds and around the world, and in 2017-2018 traveled with my family via a camper trailer for one year, our radical sabbatical, which emphasized time in national parks around the western US. The practice of being with land, and learning from unique cultures and animals that live upon it, are an endless source of inspiration, connection, and celebration. I derive joy from stewarding others in these kinds of experiences as well.