Pencil and pose
I’ve been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Teaching for 5 (longer actually, if you count the years I snuck warrior and crow poses into aerobics classes). And I’ve been scribbling in spiral notebooks, on bar napkins, and the palm of my hand for a lifetime.
Pencil and pose.
They go together.
One without the other is like a skipping a side in a yoga practice.
Throughout my life, movement and reflection have kept me on the road to growth. Even if I dent a few guard rails along the way.
Angsty 20-something years rife with dating disasters, buy-the-designer-bag-or-pay-the-rent dilemmas, and will I be an admin assistant forever woes were placated with daily six-mile runs and diary entries before bed. Movement put my problems into perspective. Reflection provided solutions.
My first year teaching yoga, when something simple as telling you where to put your foot felt like attempting to recite the Bhagavad Gita, forced me onto my yoga mat. To move. Listen. And receive the cues my static state couldn’t hear. I’ve got notebooks upon notebooks of clever cues, quotes, metaphors, and images I’ve gathered from moving to the rhythm of my breath.
The posts you read here – should you choose to give me a precious moment of your valuable time – are a collection of what I see, taste, smell, savor and marvel at when I allow the alchemy of moving and writing to magically collide.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Washington State University
Certifications and past teaching gigs:
- Certified Baptiste Teacher
- RYT 200-hour Hatha/Vinyasa, Frog Lotus International, North Adams, MA, 2012
- Down Under Yoga, Boston
- Power Yoga Works, Philly area
- YogaSoul, Princeton, NJ
Additionally, trained with and been influenced by the teachings of:
- Claire Este-McDonald & Gregor Singleton at Down Under Yoga, Boston/Cambridge
- Dana Flynn at Laughing Lotus Center NYC
- Naime Jezzeny at Dig Yoga Lambertville, NJ
- Dharma Mittra at Dharma Mittra Center NYC
- Workshops with Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman, and Janet Stone