My mission is pure and simple: I am here to be your guide on your journey toward optimal health and wellness. The support I offer is authentic, organic, and comes from the heart. Since receiving my Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification in 1998, I have cultivated a teaching style that you won't find anywhere else: My yoga classes are known for their calm energy, alignment-based instructions, wellness themes, and creative sequences. I draw upon my own personal experiences with physical therapy and my love of Pilates and anatomy to enrich my yoga classes and help students practice safely and sustainably. (Check out a handful of free yoga videos on my YouTube Channel to get to know my teaching style.) Fun fact: I'm an HSP, which makes me a pretty awesome yoga teacher. While the COVID pandemic greatly impacted my yoga teaching schedule, it allowed me the opportunity to broaden the scope of my work as a Wellness Educator to include private mentoring, virtual seminars, and online wellness courses exploring topics such as self-care, plant-based diets, and living a conscious lifestyle.
After earning a degree in International Business Administration from Alma College in the '90s and beginning a career in the automotive industry, I soon realized I was meant for something more. Determined to change my 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 the late '90s, I brought t'ai chi and yoga classes to my hometown of Howell and, a couple of years later, I became the ﬁrst (yes, really!) teacher to introduce Vinyasa yoga to the Ann Arbor community. I was the weird instructor who taught classes out of my basement. But students flocked to that basement, and I built a successful yoga career there from (below) the ground up. I completed a second Yoga Teacher Training at the Center for Yoga in Michigan in 2002 and consider myself a life-long learner by continuing to study with renowned yoga instructors, healthcare professionals and other teachers from around the country still to this day. I am committed to my own healing and personal growth work, which includes svadhyaya (self-study), spiritual counseling and a daily meditation practice.
My yoga practice is more than just the postures I do on my yoga mat. It is the way I live my whole life, including what I eat, how I take care of myself, who I surround myself with, and how I live on this planet. I guide others along this path to a more conscious lifestyle through seminars on self-care, meditation and plant-based eating, as well as yoga retreats in Michigan and in more exotic locales. To connect like-minded souls who are dedicated to their personal growth, I lead a yoga book club which meets every other month. As someone who proudly rocks my High Sensitivity, I was honored to recently write a guest post, Yoga for HSPs: Advice from an HSP Yoga Teacher, for The Sensitive Empowerment Blog. I've also been featured on the cover of Crazy Wisdom Weekly, southeastern Michigan's conscious living e-zine, along with my article, A Yoga Practice for a Pandemic. (You can see more of my credentials and accomplishments here.) Through all these offerings I am committed to supporting the health, well-being and personal transformation of my clients, and to making a positive difference in the world.
In the summer of 2016, The Yoga Room relocated from it's original basement location to a charming cottage studio located behind my house on the west side of Ann Arbor. This intimate, poolside sanctuary overlooks sprawling gardens and features a cork floor, meditation loft, high ceilings, lots of natural wood and a peaceful, spa-like setting. I intentionally create a warm, intimate environment where students can feel safe to be themselves and receive the personal attention they deserve. I am honored that The Yoga Room has twice been voted Best Yoga Studio in Ann Arbor.