I began my exploration of Iyengar Yoga in 1992 while living in Bali, Indonesia and my passion for this vast subject has only grown since that time. In 1996 I moved to San Diego to enroll in the B.K.S. Iyengar Centers of San Diego – Teachers Training Program. I travel regularly to study with my primary teacher and mentor since 2004, Carolyn Belko, the Director of Iyengar Yoga Source, San Diego, CA.
I have been teaching Hatha Yoga (based solely on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar) since 1998 in Central Oregon and owned/operated Iyengar Yoga of Bend for over 15 years before moving to my home studio in Sisters, OR. In 1998, 2001, and 2014, I attended month long trainings at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. I have attended every U.S. Iyengar National Convention since 2001 including the May, 2010, Certified Teachers Convention,”Reflection” in Portland, OR taught by Geeta Iyengar, which was the first national convention to focus on therapeutic applications of Iyengar Yoga. I maintain a personal daily practice and take workshops with Senior Iyengar Teachers regularly. I have served 2 terms as the Treasurer for the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Northwest, which is our regional branch of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States. Our regional branch IYANW, includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska!
I view yoga as both a physical and spiritual journey so practice and teach from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which supports a life of integrity; physical/emotional/mental well-being and spiritual growth. For many years I have embraced a lifestyle of simplicity and moderation and my home and studio are operated with respect for conserving the earth’s resources.
I earned my B.A. at the University of Colorado then received an equally valuable education during 8 years of living and working as an Export Manager in Bali, Indonesia. In 1995-1996 I made a solo-backpacking journey through Europe, India, Nepal, Tibet, Burma, and Thailand before returning to America to begin my teacher training. I feel gratitude to the Senior Iyengar Teachers I have studied with who so generously shared their knowledge and enabled me to advance in learning.