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My Yoga Journey

Everyone has a story about their first yoga class. Mine was at a Bikram studio on Walnut Street in downtown Philadelphia. I was still healing after surgery to repair ruptured achilles tendons; yes both! I didn’t know at the time that yoga would the silver lining to a painful chapter.

One year earlier, on a beautiful early summer evening my cartwheel touched down to the sound of two very loud pops. My achilles tendons rolled up into my hamstrings for the complete rupture. I can’t tell you how many doctors shook their heads in disbelief. I felt like such a klutzy idiot explaining my story from a wheelchair in two bright pink casts, toes pointed down.

At the time my world was spinning too fast with three children under five and many full plates. I was in a perpetual state, like many young mothers, of trying to be perfectly everything to everyone. This injury literally brought my life to a grinding halt. It could have been worse and in the end this episode was a great teacher.

After 26 postures done in 110 degrees in front of a mirror I left that first class knowing that yoga offered a path to grow, heal and transform. It wasn’t just the movement, breath and extreme challenge I felt in my body. It was my mind. As I struggled to hold my balance and breathe, I felt that single point of focus that brings natural meditation. I was holding small empty spaces between my thoughts! After that class the relaxation my body received became a craving to balance my pace with more time in the slow lane.

Balancing in yoga and life is a reflection of our inner state. Can we dance with change? Can we fall and try again with playfulness? Do we have the focus, skill and attunement to find the still point within it all?
— Shiva Rea

It was through the injury and the forced slow down that I experienced the energizing and rejuvenating aspects of yoga. Bikram led to Power Yoga with Baron Baptiste which led me to Prana Flow Yoga with Shiva Rea. Two decades later with more than 500 hours of training, I continue to study with Shiva and teachers around the world. My classes combine aspects of all my yoga explorations with playful sequences, poetry, curated music, meditation and breath work.

I believe that healthy living and movement meditation go hand in hand. That’s why I offer discounted yoga sessions when you are participating in one of my other programs.

This is holistic wellness. I offer individual and group classes. All levels welcome.