my first class
Everyone has a story about their first yoga class. Mine was at a Bikram studio on Walnut Street in downtown Philadelphia. I was mostly recovered 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 night in June my cartwheel touched down to the succinct sound of two very loud popping sounds. I can’t tell you how many doctors shook their heads hearing my story. It’s still embarrassing! At the time my world was spinning too fast. With three children under five and many full plates, this injury literally brought my world to a grinding halt. The Universe speaks in mysterious ways, especially if you aren’t listening to repeated warnings.
I walked out of that first class knowing that yoga offered a path to grow, heal and transform. It wasn’t so much about the movement, breath or the extreme challenge I felt in my body. It was about my mind. I realized how much noise was constantly swirling around my head. More importantly I realized I was trying way too hard to perfect and control every outcome I could.
Sometimes you win
Sometimes you learn
That day I experienced the small empty spaces between my thoughts. As I struggled to hold my balance and breathe, I connected to an essential piece of myself I’d forgotten in the midst of over doing. The space I felt in my body echoed the space between my thoughts. My body opened, my mind quieted.
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 which eventually 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 many aspects of my yoga explorations into playful sequencing, poetry, 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.