Are you looking for help to manage stress, anxiety or chronic illness?
Are you recovering from injury and need more help after physical therapy?
Do you just want to feel and move better?
I can help. I've been where you are.
I have helped hundreds of clients and students.
At the age of 23 I became paralyzed on my left side. I got a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. It was a wake-up call to listen to my body and look at my life. I listened and dove in and learned all I could about nutrition and I drank green smoothies many years before it became the thing to do.
I made changes in my diet and exercise but I wasn’t willing to look at how I was managing stress. The way I coped was to run every morning 8 to 10 miles. Then came a year with three major events – one of which was my husband having a heart attack. My body shut down and I went into depression.
I first turned to conventional medicine. They disregarded many of my symptoms and told me to go on depression medications. I said no thank you. Conventional medicine didn’t help, and I knew that deep down this wasn’t going to be a quick fix. I couldn’t run or eat my way out of it. I turned to yoga and it save my life. I practiced 2 to 3 hours every day and in weeks I started sleeping again and then after months of practice the mental fog lifted and I started to heal.
This is why I became a yoga therapist and health coach. I want to help others who find themselves at a crossroads, where conventional medicine isn’t giving them answers and they are ready to try another way.
What's different about the way I teach and work with clients?
I practice and teach SLOW MINDFUL YOGA. It cultivates greater awareness. I ask questions to help foster greater awareness. As you stand where is your weight in the front of your foot or your heel? Where do you feel movement in your body as you breathe? My questioning helps students and clients focus inward and feel what is happening in their own body.
I also help clients to identify where they feel weak and where they feel strong. In yoga we are working with our own body weight against gravity. This loads our tissues and begins to strengthen our muscles and increase our body’s capacity to bear load. The more load we can successfully bear the stronger we become. I use a variety of props and even weights to help clients improve their strength especially in the stabilizer muscles that support the pelvis and spine.
What I focus on when working with my health coaching clients…
There are certain foundations we need for good health. We all need a certain amount of protein, vitamins, minerals, and water every day. We start with a nutrition assessment so that we can first address any nutrient deficiencies.
Next we move on to a 7 day cleanse eating only fruits and vegetables.
Then we take a close look at the digestive system (this is what brings nutrients in to the body) and the lymph system (this is what takes waste out of the body). Both systems are key to vital energy production and good health.
International Association of Yoga Therapists - C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
Yoga Alliance - E-RYT 500, YACEP
International Association of Health Coaches - CIHC Certified International Health Coach
200 hour yoga alliance certified training - YogAsylum Brookfield, WI - Feb 2013
500 hour professional yoga therapist training - Integrative Yoga Therapy at Kripalu Stockbridge, MA - Sept 2013
800 hour professional yoga therapist training - Integrative Yoga Therapy - Feb 2014 to Feb 2016
1,000 hour yoga therapy internship
50 hour therapeutic adaptive yoga for multiple sclerosis training - Yoga Heals Us, LLC Austin, TX - May 2013
Institute for Integrative Nutrition - New York, NY - May 2013 to May 2014
UW Milwaukee BA in Business