eRYT500, Yoga Alliance Certified
Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance
at the 500 hour level.
Teaching since 2003, YA certified since 2008
Certified IQM Energist, Levels I - III
Integrative Quantum Medicine™ (IQM) practitioner since 2015
"Energy Renewal" provider since 2016
Oneness Blessing Deeksha Giver since 2009
How Yoga Found Me
Growing up, I wasn't a sporty kid, I was a chorus and band kid. My intro to yoga didn't come until my mid 30’s in the attic of an old house where my daughter took kindermusik classes. I knew one thing: I dug it. Once I got hooked, I studied with a very serious and wonderful Iyengar teacher who's unflinching respect for the alignment was mirrored in the way she carried herself in the world, and I knew I wanted to absorb some of that. Then when an Anusara yoga center opened, I was 100% smitten from day 1 with the glorious and loving teachings of how one can embody spirituality in this life. For the first time in my life, I gained body awareness, strength and confidence, and a door opened that spilled untold riches into in my life from that point onward.
25ish years later, the "right" amount of challenge in my practice feels great, but I'm no longer interested in the "pretzely" stuff. Letting go of that masculine template has given me the freedom to be more intuitive, listening to and honoring what my body needs depending on my current state of being. I practice to keep on feeling good - I teach because I absolutely love it. None of us are gettin' any younger, and we hold each other accountable coming to our mats time and time again to be the very best stewards of these bodies we can be.
How Energy Healing Found Me
Deeksha is a sanskrit word for a process of transmitting divine energy. It can be done physically by having hands placed on top of the head, or can be done remotely. Having been on the receiving end of this, I knew it was a beautiful experience that helped to deeply release the "mind chatter" stuff and left me with a deep knowing of my divine nature on many an occasion. Around 2009, I had the opportunity to receive the benediction to become a deeksha giver right in my own backyard yoga studio, so I said, "yes", and the magic ensued.
Around that time, Divine messages and astrological insights were lining up for me big time with intel that pointed toward my learning/practicing some kind of energy healing technique. I just wasn't sure exactly what.
Soon enough, my dear friend Patsy Baughn asked me for some graphic design help to promote her services as an IQM energist and trainer. Before I even knew what it was, I fell in love with its name: Integrative Quantum Medicine™. Once I did the seminars and started practicing, I worked on friends and family with remarkable results. The technique has gotten more and more intuitive and refined since I started, and it is the shining star of the Energy Renewal sessions I offer.
Yoga as a Life Foundation
In those early yoga years, I read Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi, a seminal intro for me into a whole new way of thinking about God, the Universe, the Divine, Source, etc. Not long after, I subscribed to a course of study in a yoga meditation lineage. Every month I'd receive new lessons, and I'd practically wait by the mailbox because I was so excited to read what was next. I gained a new perspective of what and where God is, and that my - and everyone's - True Nature is unconditional love. True dat.
These days, I read a lot, and listen to guidance that feels true to my gut. I am constantly blown away at how fast time seems to be going and how rapidly the lessons are coming. I am curious about human consciousness, the differences between 3D, 4D and 5D reality, and the shifts happening that are kind of rocking all of our boats in some major ways. I've learned that there is no ONE way, that sources beyond the veil and beyond our galaxy have much to say that is of incredible value without the dogma that humans tend to impose. "Fruit not Roots", so to speak. Wisdom comes from so many sources, and so much of it perfectly overlaps. I share a lot with my students so that we can all ponder these Universal themes and perhaps widen our perspective together. And hopefully tone down the boat rocking as we float along this river called "OM".