Growing up the youngest of five on a small dairy farm in Sturgeon Bay, I learned at a very young age the meaning of working hard. I began practicing yoga as a freshman at Marquette University at a time when I needed stress and anxiety relief. I studied Iyengar yoga at Milwaukee Yoga Center. I practiced Vinyasa yoga for ten years. After fifteen years of study and practice, I was certified by Breathe for Change. As an educator with a master’s degree, having taught elementary and middle school and now adults, I found that infusing yoga and mindfulness into the classroom was an effective way to help students learn. The social emotional strategies I learned have helped me lead the Hilbert School District staff in a staff development and two years of biweekly yoga and mindfulness classes. I also work one-on-one with a boy with autism. See more about this under SEL.
My husband and I have homeschooled our children since their birth. We enjoy gardening, canning, hiking, camping, reading, writing, making music and doing yoga. After suffering for five months with a severe arthritic flare up in my knee, I had stem cell surgery. It took ten months of physical therapy to gain back the quadriceps that had atrophied significantly. I still do physical therapy three times a week on my own. This process of healing was a tremendous learning experience physically, mentally and emotionally and has deepened my understanding of all the things we talk about in yoga- like, “Be in the body you’re in”. It has made me a better yoga teacher. The physical asana practice is great for many reasons, but I get my real joys and kicks from energy work and breathing techniques. My newest style of study is Kundalini yoga.
I hope it is focused on a deepened consciousness and service to others. I hope I know God better, in me and others. I hope I can travel and spend time learning from the many souls who live all over the world. I hope I never give up hope.
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