I work informally and intuitively with softness, humour, and compassion. after years of extensive studying with some of the most respected teachers of yoga, movement, anatomy, thai massage, and meditation, i teach from a non-dogmatic approach often blending and fusing elements from various practices and techniques to best suit the person i am working with. it is my understanding that as life is not linear, neither is healing and with that, listening deeply to both the spoken and unspoken language of connection and vulnerability is crucial to accompanying someone on their journey.
believing deeply that curiosity is a river that must never be allowed to run dry, my richly diverse training in somatic and meditation practices combined with being a student of philosophy and religious studies, an extensive traveler and storyteller, my style of teaching and coaching is, i've been told, incredibly unique and having the innate ability to put students at ease while holding not only a safe space but also a brave space to foster exploration and healing is always at the heart of my work.
an instigator, in the best sense of the word, and a thought provoker, as a teacher and philosopher, i do not shy away from the difficult conversations and paths of self "in"quiry. we are all wounded warriors and unfortunately, we live in a society that encourages us to "just get on with it." through a combination of coaching, yoga, mindfulness, movement, bodywork, and mind-body therapy my approach is not about just getting on with it but rather working through it and coming to peace with it.
as theologian Reinhold Niebuhr composed, give us the courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other, what we also know as the serenity prayer.
in working through our bodies, or as often said working "bottom-up" we gain up to 9x more feedback than working with the mind alone.we may not be aware of subconscious tensions but when we drop into our bodies, we can recognize tension is there and then work from there. sometimes we have great difficulty dropping into our bodies, especially as we move and live at breakneck speed. this is where somatic bodywork such as Thai massage has profound benefits. sometimes slowing down and feeling the shifting of our body weight from foot to foot as we sway side to side can drop us back in and if that proves a challenge talking our way through brings those sensations to within reach.
as the beautiful Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, the only way out is in and as the poet Robert Frost wrote and Dante experienced, the only way out is through.