I was first introduced to yoga at 18. Although I was so tight I couldn’t touch my chin to my chest there was something about this discipline that appealed.
Over the years I studied from books and went to classes when they were available. I started teaching in 1973, first teaching a group of hair dressers in their salon.
In 1980 I was in a terrible car accident which messed up my right shoulder. After several years of unsuccessful physical therapy I returned to yoga, and began to heal myself. It was during this period that I discovered the Iyengar method. The attention to alignment, the use of props to create alignment and the scaffolding of sequences really appealed to me, and in 1998 I was accepted into teacher training at the Boston Iyengar Center with Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. At the beginning of 2001 I was honored to be chosen as an assistant for Patricia’s weekly Level I class. From 1998 until the end of 2001, I was able to take workshops with Geeta Iyengar, Lois Steinberg and Patricia, Peentz and the other Iyengar Center teachers.
Since moving to Vermont in 2002, I have continued my Iyengar studies with Kerry Doyle, Christopher Beach and occasionally with Peentz. Because my certification is with Yoga Alliance, I am able to bring in concepts from other movement disciplines including Continuous Movement Theory, Feldenkreis and dance.
I believe ANYONE can do yoga with support, encouragement and kindness. I know that I can keep my body resilient and maintain my physical and emotional balance through yoga practice. And I also know that yoga brings me a sense of profound peace.
I am grateful to my many teachers: Patricia and Peentz; Tom Alden, DCM; Eileen Muir, Kerry and Chris, Carrie Owerko, Kimi Hasegawa and all my students who teach me each time we meet.