In 1988, a long commute to my job as a corporate trainer resulted in back pain. I looked up “yoga” in the yellow pages and stepped into a life-long practice. Eventually, I discovered Viniyoga and began studying with Gary Kraftsow, Director of American Viniyoga Institute.™
Viniyoga embodied the kind of yoga I wanted to practice—adapting yoga to the needs of individuals. Today I am a Certified Yoga Therapist with over 20 years of yoga teaching experience. The education and skills of a yoga therapist include studying anatomy, physiology, emotional health and spirituality, from both the eastern and western perspectives. With this skill set, I've offered targeted, therapeutic yoga to individuals with a wide range of conditions, including structural pain, headache, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and more, as well as to people who simply want to stay healthy and connect to their deeper self.
In 2019 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My yoga training was a lifesaver. I became my own yoga therapist, and the tools and practices I used got me through cancer treatment so I could come out strong on the other side. I am forever grateful for these yoga teachings in the Krishnamacharya lineage. They helped me with anxiety, depression, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, post-surgery, radiation effects, and more.
I would be honored to help you through whatever condition you may be facing, as well.
Private work with individuals, sometimes referred by their physicians or other practitioners, to design a personal yoga practice that complements their existing healthcare plan.
Therapeutic yoga classes for conditions including back pain, stress, sleep issues, fibromyalgia, IBD, heart disease, cancer.
General public yoga classes - both chair and mat offerings.
Training Yoga Therapists - Program Coordinator and Faculty for American Viniyoga Institute's Clinical Applications Program
Lead Faculty/Program Coordinator, Viniyoga Clinical Applications Program, American Viniyoga Institute
Yoga Therapist with Sanare Center for Integrative Medicine
Stress Management Specialist, Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Atlantic Health System
M.Ed., Adult and Continuing Education – Rutgers University
I practice a specific method of yoga called Viniyoga, as transmitted by T. Krishnamacharya and his son, T.K.V. Desikachar, and based on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The term "viniyoga" refers to adapting a yoga practice to an individual's unique condition, interests and needs. This rich tradition provides us with a roadmap for good health, self-discovery, and joy.
Function over Form
Viniyoga prioritizes function over form. We always ask, "Why are we doing this particular yoga posture?" We might use one variation of Warrior Pose to target leg muscles and another to help a rounded upper back. Ideally, each person learns to find the right version of the posture for their condition. Whether you are just beginning yoga or have practiced for years, this approach optimizes benefits.
Each posture is coordinated with the flow of breath, and the breath can be adapted to create different results. We might use one breath pattern to wake up the system in the morning and another to calm down before bed.
Repetition and Stay
We use a combination of moving in and out, as well as staying in the posture. This helps release tight muscles and facilitates sustained strengthening and stretching.