Yoga didn’t really become a spiritual practice for me though until my mother became ill with breast cancer in 1998. She passed away in 2000. I needed to know where my mom was going. I needed to know death. I oddly found great solace in savasana in every practice as well as the deeper teachings that helped me connect life and death. I also found solace in the practice of letting go of needing security in another person and instead found solace in getting more grounded in my own mind and body.
In addition to practicing yoga regularly, I decided I wanted to study yoga as a science – How the heck was this helping me deeper inside? How? And what was it about yoga that was helping my neck injury feel better? I then began to teach in 1998 at a couple of health clubs in Cleveland. In 2007, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I was a much better caregiver because of yoga, for myself and my dad. And I noticed I wasn’t afraid this time. I knew death better. I had helped my mother die and I was able to do the same for my dad with more confidence, grace and ease. I was also better at relating to others who were saying goodbye to him as well. I’m not saying it was easy! I was stronger and better equipped.
What exactly is it that you do now and do you still teach yoga?
What I do now is so much more than yoga and definitely informed by my personal yoga practice.
I focus now on helping people manage pain, prevent injury and recover from injury by teaching them how to move better throughout their day.
I work with companies and sports teams to do this through a variety of programs where I empower individuals in ways that give them more energy, help them sit at a desk longer work better with standing desks, help them sleep better and increase overall performance.
I also train teachers to do this work and work with a select few one-on-one private clients.