Starting my own journey to Yoga Practice in 2001, I watched many videos and was inspired by the show Yoga Zone. I decided to find a live local class to begin what has been an amazing journey. The Himalayan Institute of Buffalo was my first true traditional yoga experience. Rolf Solvic was the director at the time. One class with this soft spoken gentlemen and a spark ignite. I was invited to join their teacher training program in 2002. It was a year long study program. I Completed my 200 hours certification in 2003, and have continued to further my knowledge of Yoga ever since. As I feel, the best teacher is always a student. Attending The Yoga Conferences in Toronto gave me the opportunity learn of many other styles of yoga. Taking classes from Lilas Folan, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Jason Crandell, Seane Corn and many more. I became an Instructor to share with others what I have learned and experienced.
My journey into yoga started with a Baron Baptiste video in my living room, looking for a way to get in shape. I had never practiced yoga before, had no clue what a down dog was and I did not even own a yoga mat. There was just something unique about this challenging style of yoga that made me want to learn more.
I searched locally for Baptiste yoga and found Power Yoga Buffalo, attending my first class in Spring 2012. The way the teacher spoke to my body, mind and spirit was truly powerful. This is where yoga found me. I love sharing Power Vinyasa Yoga and watching people find themselves. My intention is to make this practice accessible to everyone and inspire students to discover their own greatness without limitations or expectations.
I completed my first 200 hour teacher training at Breathe Yoga, a Baptiste affiliate studio in Rochester, New York in January 2014. I attended Art of Assisting in May 2014, Level 1 training with Baron Baptiste in August 2015 and Level 2 training with Paige Elenson in July 2016. I continue to practice with Baptiste teachers and attend trainings and workshops while completing my Baptiste Certification.
My yoga class is designed to be beneficial for the individual in many ways. I give extensive instruction on breathing techniques as well as focusing on allowing stillness to enter the body and mind. After a few stretching/warm-up exercises, the students will learn some of the basic asanas(postures) of Hatha yoga with guided step-by-step instruction and gentle sun salutations. Following the asanas, the students will practice relaxation techniques; allowing their mind and body to rest, releasing stress, tension, and any negative energy they may be holding on to. Students will leave the class feeling refreshed, totally relaxed and rejuvenated.
My yoga journey began about 5 years ago using P90X yoga DVDs in my living room. I can honestly say that I wasn’t a fan! While I felt my body becoming stronger and more flexible, I honestly didn’t understand the appeal. I was completely missing the emotional/mental/spiritual aspect of the practice. To me it was simply a “workout”. Fast forward to January 2017 and the opening of East End Yoga. I was turning 50 in a few months and was searching for something, although I couldn’t have put a name to it. I guess you could say that yoga was my midlife crisis. My sister encouraged me to try yoga in an actual class setting. I spent a lot of that first class struggling through the poses and just breathing and I was okay with that. Something about being in that room with others who were all there to support and encourage each other was so empowering. The message of acceptance and love had me hooked. Finally, I saw the appeal of yoga.
In the summer of 2018 I took my yoga practice to the next level by taking a 200 Herizen YTT in British Columbia. Now my goal is to share my love of yoga with the Lockport community!