I Am! Open, Loving, Courageous and Powerful Woman.
As a youth growing up in Great Britain, I ran Track, was on the Relay team, played on the Netball team and played Badminton at competition level while in Secondary school. At the ripe old age of 18, I became a vegetarian after the keyboard player in our band taught me about what
took place in slaughtering animals for me to eat them and that humans were not meant to eat other living creatures on the earth, etc, etc, etc. Without knowing it this was the beginning of my Spiritual journey. Not that I ate much meat in those days anyway, I mostly lived on Fish & Chips (it was the Mc Donald’s of my day and inexpensive). Anyway, he opened my eyes and I became more conscious of what was taking place around me. He was also the first person I knew that did yoga. I look back on it all now and see how life was setting me up to work and live my dream of helping others to create a healthy lifestyle by not just working out and being physically fit but also about looking to what goes into our bodies. All my life thus far has me working with people. Know that I do not denounce people who eat meat, to each his/her own. I do not render judgment but, I do believe it's important that we educate each other. “each one teach one”.
I rose to my calling to teach yoga and Coach students how to create healthy lifestyles after I placed my son in Boarding school, he was 12 years of age. I was a single parent, struggling to not only create a foundation in a foreign country and doing my work at a 100 % but, raising a young African American male child presented challenges also as I had no family nearby for support and both of these required all and my full attention. Once he was away at school I was able to create space for myself and focus on creating a life for us. I had begun eating a ‘raw’ diet
then and began yoga classes and even went back to school in 2007 traveling to Arizona, where I studied to be an Ontological Life Coach focusing on Family Coaching and Performance Coaching. I also studied NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) eventually becoming a Practitioner.
Following that, I became a Vinyasa/Hatha trained yoga instructor. I’ve since been teaching yoga to beginners and advanced yoga students. In 2013, I attended the Culinary Institute in CA, where I became a Raw/Living Foods Chef and Instructor.
I fell in love with Jivamukti yoga after having to take their classes and finally traveled to India for further intensive study to qualify as a Jivamukti yoga instructor (300hr YT). A rigorous program taught by senior teachers and the founders of Jivamukti yoga. Learning how to incorporate asanas, chanting, music, meditation, activism and scriptural study on a quest for
liberation or 'Jivanmukta' a liberated soul. I continue to travel there mostly each year to keep up with my studies and some of my favorite activities which include wanderings around the Himalayan Mountains visiting different Ashrams practicing yoga, sitting at the feet of some of
the Leading Spiritual Leaders and bathing in the Ganga River.
I believe I have found my yogic home, like the thread of translating ancient yogic teachings into modern day life. Enjoying how it makes constant correlations between the yoga practice and life off the mat which helped me to see the practice as a way of transforming health, cultivating
mindfulness and reconnecting us back to our planet and to one another. Inspired by both, the potential of the individual and the global transformation of yoga.
I travel around Westchester and Connecticut areas teaching students privately in their homes how to create a healthy lifestyle, coaching them around yoga and eating differently. I am certified to teach Chair yoga to seniors and those with injuries that render them with limited mobility. More recently, I received my Certification to teach Yoga for Trauma Therapy, working with those who suffer from such debilitating traumas as PTSD, Rape and domestic violence, to name a few, this is a volunteer service. I have also added Prenatal yoga and Doula to my repertoire and teaching hot and non-heated yoga in local studios and gyms or clubs as they prefer to be called now.
I am very grounded in the physiology, the Mind and Spirit of the practice and enjoys to share that with my students and Clients. A compassionate, wise yet lively at times teacher, I encourage students to not only bring themselves to practice but also bring along a sense of humor. As a holistic chef and instructor, I will at times speak of the internal body and caring
from the inside out.
My passion is to assist others in creating a healthy lifestyle, whatever that may look like to them. I believe that by being aware of what we put into our mind and our months, we not only have the ability to stay younger and stronger for longer but, we get to enjoy and pass it on to the next generation which is an absolute must.
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