Twenty-five + years (!):
My practice began the year my second daughter was born — 1991. We lived in Silver City, New Mexico, and my teacher was Paulette Pare’-Shephard, a wonderful Himalayan Institute trained yogi as well as a baker and a massage therapist. I am glad she set my foundation because she was kind, strong, inclusive, and she focused on one’s own internal experience of yoga rather than any external comparisons.
When we moved to Sheridan, Wyoming in 1992, I joined the Iyengar-style classes that Kate Mullaney was offering in the living room of the cottage that housed her therapy practice. She encouraged me to receive further training and set up my own studio. I began attending summer workshops at Feathered Pipe Ranch outside of Helena, Montana with Patricia Walden and John Schumacher and opened Sheridan’s first yoga studio — Gentle Strength Studio — in the Old Taylor School on Main Street. I taught there for ten years, by which time my youngest child was in 2nd grade. Since all three of my kids were gone during the day, I decided to return to a more classic work schedule and closed the studio to work in the field of stream restoration.For the next few years, I taught intermittently at Sheridan College — it was amazing to introduce college students to the truly mysterious benefits of yoga.
Now I work with student and teachers one-on-one helping them: to start yoga with a personal and customized introduction, to get feedback on their ongoing practice, to investigate a particular area of their body or particular kind of pose, and/or to deepen their yoga practice beyond the asanas. If you are interested in one-on-one work, please contact me (use the form at the right if it’s easiest for you). The fee is $60/hr. We can meet in your living room or mine.
I hope to see you soon.
Posts about yoga:
Click on the categories tab to the right and find “yoga”
My students (though anyone is free to partake) can click here for the yoga resource page.
Stress-less Week handout is here