Yoga is a part of each of us already. It is not something we do but what we are. It is felt when a beautiful piece of music is heard and shivers run down one’s spine, or walking in the mountains enraptured and connected to the majesty of life.
If this is so, then I was born a yogi in 1968. I started piano at the age of six and have been a student and lover of music all my life. I believe that music has great influence as a way to connect to spirit. Music is yoga too. Perhaps what really matters to one reading this biography is to know that I believe in the art of living. I believe yoga helps one be a better friend, lover, parent, teacher, student . . . as it is a training in intimacy, in presence, in the art of living.
Here is, however, some of my “formal” yoga training:
I began yoga-asana in 1997, in my late 20s and continued to embrace yoga throughout my 30s as I chose to be a stay-at-home mom to my large, growing family. I am the devoted mother to six children. At the age of 40, I started my first yoga teacher training with Hart Lazer from Montreal, Que. It was an 18-month program in which I earned my 200 hr YTA certificate. I continued to travel to Montreal after the training was complete to deepen with Hart and also his senior Iyengar teacher, Ramanand Patel.
In 2012 I started a second teacher training with Tias Little, the founder of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I started from the “ground up” and slowly completed another 500 YTA Certificate. But really there is no completion. I continue to travel to learn with Tias at the Prajna Temple twice a year. I also align myself with the Theravada Buddhist tradition and try to go on a meditation retreat yearly with Jack Kornfield.
I bow in gratitude to all the teachers and students who have travelled the path with me.