Current experience and past highlights
Yoga is originally a system to diminish all the causes of pain (dukkha) ... from back pain to anxiety.
But that's just for starters!
Ancient contemplative methods empower us to choose our responses in a way that develops our capacity to meet life as it is, and to live closer to our highest values and our intention (samkalpa, in yoga tradition).
Through offering personalized contemplative practices for over 20 years, I've witnessed growth, healing, and confidence in hundreds of clients. For over twenty years I've been based at hospitals and clinics working collaboratively with clinicians. I help patients at a crossroads to find their "true North" an individualized path to empowerment and healing. The approach is based on contemplative self-inquiry, and embodied contemplative practices, sometimes with health coaching.
My counseling training is informed by an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and trauma-sensitive approaches. Every client is fully supported by individually-adapted breath practices and embodied awareness. I'm certified in Somatic Experiencing Level I, Compassion Practices from the Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Psychotherapy, Integrative Sound Healing (Open Center), Mindful of Race workshops with Ruth King, Qigong and full IAYT Yoga Therapy certification.
With the support of a personal practice ... and other self-reflective practices ... clients find they can draw together intuitions of where their "best self" is headed, and map their own path forward. As a result my students and clients have improved their quality of life, and refined their choices in work and life. They move forward with confidence based on their own inner work.
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Fees Contact email@example.com for an affordable individual package, and current group teaching schedule. I follow income-based pricing, so let's talk.
(hint: deep listening)
A famous (and somewhat frustrating) answer to this question of where to start is, 'we begin from where we are.' With present moment awareness. And then the answer really is down to listening deeply, and responding to the heart and mind.
In cases where wellness has been very hard to achieve, I often suggest a formal coaching plan, based on the Duke University Wheel of Integrative Health (see below). But many times, the schema is unnecessary. A student and I listen to how life is going; then we open the Yoga toolbox and see what is needed, just for today. The results can be astonishing. It has been incredible to see students thriving in relationships, and empowered to meet life challenges with greater health, joy, kindness, and confidence.
I began practicing in 1970, and started teaching in hospitals before there was the incredible phenomenon of wellness marketing. To become acquainted, I still offer a very old-school, 30-minute free consult to new students and coaching clients. Alternatively you can contact me directly for a Zoom link to my breath meditation classes on Friday. Then, we'll meet, we'll be present together, and you'll know if it's a fit.
Sample home practice
Here's an excerpted page from a recent personal practice for a long-time student, shared via laptop and phone support.
It is designed for a student who might have a challenge in going directly to a seated-only breath awareness practice (in this case, because the student in question already spends all day seated). A change in the relationship to the breath and spine is needed. Although the practice specifies ratios of inhale to exhale, noted in seconds, her formal breathing practice (pranayama) is not shown here.