Certified ViniyogaTM Yoga Therapist
I am a yoga therapist and yoga teacher based in Palo Alto, California. I started practicing yoga in 1997 at the California Yoga Center. My practice and commitment to yoga waxed and waned over many years as work, relationships, housing changes and other things took turns competing for my attention. Yoga helped me train for and recover from my first (and only) marathon, and it played a key role in supporting me through two healthy pregnancies. In 2010 I decided to enter a yoga teacher training program so that I could deepen my own practice and share the benefits that I experienced with others. I received an excellent foundation in the science of yoga practice at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. Several years later I discovered the tradition of ViniyogaTM. This fully integrated practice has transformed my personal practice, my relationships, and my teaching. I completed the 1000+ hour ViniyogaTM teaching and yoga therapist training in February 2018. It is my honor to share the teachings I have received with others on their path toward greater physical, mental and emotional well-being.
What is Viniyoga?
ViniyogaTM is an approach to yoga derived from the teachings of Krishnamacarya. It integrates the many tools of yoga – movement, breath, meditation, visualization, chanting, self-inquiry, philosophical study and more — to influence the body, mind, and spirit of the practitioner. Students new to Viniyoga generally start with breath-centric asana (postures) and pranayama (breath practice). As their practice deepens students may choose to incorporate explorations with sound and chanting, and inward-focused techniques such as guided visualization and meditation. Which tools they use and how they apply them depends entirely on each individual’s unique physical condition, mental and emotional state, personal considerations, and goals for practice.