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 four years of weekly yoga and mindfulness classes. I worked 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.
There are so many hopes and dreams for the future. There are so many things that I am interested in learning more about. I will continue to learn and teach as long as that is the path I am meant to be on. I wish to be an open, clear channel for the Spirit to work through. All I know for sure is this moment- and now this moment- and now this one.
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