I am strongly committed to supporting my yoga students in their journey toward greater self-awareness and well-being. Since becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in 1998, I have cultivated a teaching style that encompasses the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga practice. My yoga classes are known for their clear, alignment-based instructions, interesting class themes, and creative sequences. I make yoga practical and encourage my students to take what they learn on the mat and apply it in their daily lives: mindfulness, self-love, equanimity and "finding the balance between effort and ease."
After earning an International Business degree from Alma College in 1993 and beginning a career in the automotive industry, I realized I was not on a path that would allow me to achieve my highest potential. Determined to change that reality, I took a leap of faith, quit my job, and spent the next two years working and studying to become a Registered Yoga Teacher at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York. Upon returning to Michigan in 1998, I brought t'ai chi and yoga classes to my hometown of Howell and, a couple of years later, I became the ﬁrst instructor to introduce Vinyasa yoga to the Ann Arbor community. I completed a second Yoga Teacher Training at the Center for Yoga in Michigan in 2002 and am currently working on a Yoga Wellness Educator certification program with renowned yoga instructors, healthcare professionals and other teachers from around the country. Besides professional training, I have been committed to my own healing and personal growth work, which includes svadhyaya (self-study), counseling and a daily meditation practice, for over the past 20 years.
In 2004 I opened The Yoga Room, my own private yoga studio, where I teach mindfulness-based group yoga classes and private sessions. In addition to instructing weekly yoga classes, I started a yoga book club which meets every other month. I also lead yoga retreats in Michigan and in more exotic locales, as well as workshops on mindfulness, meditation, healthy eating and more. Through these offerings, I am committed to supporting the health, well-being and personal transformation of my students, and to making a positive difference in the world.
In the summer of 2016, The Yoga Room relocated to a beautiful new studio located in a quiet neighborhood on the west-side of Ann Arbor. This intimate, poolside yoga studio overlooks sprawling gardens and features a cork floor, meditation loft, high ceilings, lots of natural wood and a peaceful, spa-like setting. I intentionally keep my class sizes small--limited to seven students--which creates a warm, intimate community where each student receives the personal attention they deserve. I am honored that The Yoga Room has twice been voted Best Yoga Studio in Ann Arbor.