I am a Yoga Wellness Educator and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, RYT 500 and E-RYT 200. I have been teaching yoga for over 10 years and practicing for 20+ years. My teaching style is Iyengar-inspired, relaxed and supportive, encouraging students to “make friends with and listen to” their body, building an awareness of anatomy and mindfulness of breath in order to safely discover their own strength and flexibility.
I remember how intimidated I felt when I first started attending yoga classes. Today when I teach I remember that student. I want to create an environment where people feel safe, where people know that it’s okay to feel nervous and that it’s also okay to not feel nervous; where people believe that nobody is judging them, keeping track or expecting anything of them other than mutual respect, physical safety, and breath.
I am an Ocean Park "local" and have lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years with my husband, two teens, and several fur-babies. When not at the studio I enjoy hiking in Pleasure House Point and First Landing State Park, traveling, reading, exploring the mountains in the summer and sandy beaches in the winter, and most of all, time with my friends and family. I try to appreciate what is around me, notice and be grateful for the little things and the big things. I treasure that I can watch sunrise and sunset from the same spot on Sylvan Beach.
Wellness has always been a passion of mine. After graduating with a Masters degree in Public Health, I found my way to Virginia Beach where I continued a 20+ year career focused in health promotion and disease prevention program design, management and research. I discovered yoga in 2001 and was hooked. Yoga became the ideal way to balance out an intense running, cycling, and swimming regimen needed as I trained for triathlons. Quickly I realized that not only did I feel better during and after training, I also felt more focused, calm and grounded in work, at home, and in other areas of life. Yoga was with me through many stages of life. The unexpected gift of Yoga was extraordinary and life-changing.
Fast forward 10 years — I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with my only intention being to deepen my own understanding and practice. It did and I was content. However, life has a way of guiding us where we didn’t even know we needed to be and not long after completing my training, I was offered a teaching position.
Fast forward another 10 years — today I teach classes that offer an accessible design to allow people to safely work through the physical practice while maintaining a lighthearted spirit. I invite students to connect with one another, smile, and find community through the exploration of movement, breath, and mind. I believe that every one can practice yoga regardless of age or condition when they begin; if a person is willing to have patience with their practice and listen to their body, the rest will come.
Located in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Virginia Beach, framed by the beautiful Pleasure House Point Natural Area on one side and the treasured Chesapeake Bay on the other, Pleasure House Point Yoga + Wellness seeks to exist in balance and harmony with the spaces around us. This includes living and learning from a space that is real, recognizing that balance and imbalance are part of the same practice, and inviting change and growth into our experience. Practicing yoga helps us find our best functional wellness and highest quality of life.