I was born in 1972 and lived in New Jersey until my early twenties with my Mom, Dad and two younger brothers. Movement has always been a very large part of my life. I started off as a figure skater then studied ballet, jazz, and modern for over 20 years. Shortly after graduating from college I was given the opportunity to dance and travel with several different national touring companies based out of NYC and was lucky enough to have met my husband during my last tour of West Side Story. Eventually I was forced to hang up my dancing shoes after a car accident left me with a low back injury and sciatica pain that lasted nearly a decade.
I was first introduced to yoga in college in 1993 shortly after my car accident and did not connect to the practice at first. I thought it was too slow and boring and I wasn't interested in the breath. In the early 90's no one practiced yoga in NJ and I knew very little about it. My only experience was watching the hippie girl in college dance class stand around in tree pose all the time and we all thought it was strange. It definitely wasn't for Jersey girls who had giant hair, fake nails, and smoked cigarettes.
I was re-introduced to yoga when I moved to LA in '98 and that's when it really began to change my life. I can still remember the feeling I had after leaving my first yoga class. I remember walking down Ventura Blvd. and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I didn't know why I was so happy but I knew something inside me changed that day, as if a spark had been re-lit. As I began down my own path to healing I completely fell in love with the practice of yoga. I took my first Teacher Training with Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, went on to complete the 500hr Professional Program a few years later and eventually became certified.
After teaching in Santa Clarita for 6 years I fulfilled a lifelong dream and founded Just Breathe Yoga Center. Shortly after my studio opened, I found out I was pregnant and YogaWorks announced they were coming to Valencia. As hard as it was I decided it was best to close my doors and join them when the opportunity to be Teacher Director presented itself to me. I was responsible for hiring, training, and mentoring the teachers for the Valencia location, and eventually became director for the Tarzana location as well. I continue to teach full time, lead teacher trainings and mentor new teachers. With my background I'm able infuse the principles of theraputic yoga along with a strong focus on breath into my most gentle to advanced classes. I'm extremely passionate about my work and so grateful to have the opportunity to work with so many amazing students. When I am not teacher or practicing yoga I am with my husband, Saul, and our amazing little boy Lucas.
Trainings and Certifications
E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
Licensed Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Urban Zen Integrated Therapist Certified YogaWorks Instructor, Teacher Trainer and Mentor
Subtle Body Training with Jeanne Heileman Advanced Level Reiki Practitioner with Eleonore Koury
Reconnective Energy with Harriette Knight
I was first introduced to the practice of yoga in 1994 and I've been teaching since 2003. I've lead a number of 200hr YogaWorks trainings locally as well as in the export market, including the first International 300hr Professional Program where I co-taught in Oslo, Norway. I've been a part of the 300hr Professional Program in LA since 2008 mentoring aspiring teachers. I have a BA in Studio Operations and a Teaching Credential in Elementary Education.