Yoga and Mindfulness


I have practiced yoga for over 20 years and earned my teaching certification in 2010. My personal practice and teaching focuses on using the breath to bring mindfulness and ease into all aspects of practice. For me, balance is at the heart of yoga, and I encourage students to find their own balance of effort and surrender in my classes. My teaching is guided by first-hand experience of finding freedom through proper physical alignment, exploration of perceived boundaries, and honoring experience as it is; building strength, flexibility and awareness. 

As a mindfulness meditation student and practitioner since 2009, I have experienced unimaginable discovery, opening, and deepening through this practice. The first step for me was to become aware of the constant flow of judgments running through my mind, and realizing that’s not the only, or most productive, way to get things done. My next step, which is ongoing, has been to patiently and playfully accept and release that which no longer serves me. This practice has freed up my mental capacity for more presence, peace, and possibility, and I’m humbled to share these tools with anyone who would like to explore their own mental habits and possibilities.

 

Consulting


As the director and primary instructor of Lake Merritt Yoga since 2010, I have organized and taught hundreds of yoga and mindfulness classes. I additionally coach classroom teachers and administrators and teach trauma informed dynamic mindfulness sessions to high school students, focusing on building stress resilience, self awareness, and emotion regulation.

Outside of yoga and mindfulness, I worked for nearly a decade in the early childhood education field, first in advocacy, then in practice and professional development. I have supported local school districts and other community partners in designing and implementing focused and aligned professional development models, and creating systems for continuous improvement toward meeting teachers’ needs, building teacher self-reflection on classroom practices, and tracking growth and progress.

I am available to support professional development planning, facilitation of meetings and project management, team building and restorative circle practices, and consult on bringing mindfulness to your wellness programs.

 

Training


Upeksha Yoga Teacher Certification (200+ hours), Seventh Heaven Yoga Studio, Berkeley, 2010

Using Restorative Practices in Schools (14 hours),  San Francisco Unified School District, 2019

Dynamic Mindfulness (14 hours), Niroga Institute, 2017

Introduction to Restorative Circle (16 hours), Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, 2016

Teaching Yoga to Youth, Trauma-informed training (15 hours), Niroga Institute, 2015

Kingian Nonviolence (16 hours), Positive Peace Warrior Network, 2011

Teaching Prenatal Yoga, (12 hours), Candace Garrett Yoga, 2010

What Young People Need to Succeed, Developmental Asset Building (6 hours), 2006

 

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Experience


Director and Lead Instructor, Lake Merritt Yoga

May 2010 – Present

Organize and teach donation-based yoga classes and mindfulness and movement workshops. My teaching is guided by first-hand experience of finding opening through awareness of body, mind, and breath.

 

Program Manager, Niroga Institute

August 2018 – Present

Co-design, implement, and oversee dynamic mindfulness programs at five Bay Area high schools. Coach classroom teachers and administrators and teach DMind curriculum to high school students, building stress resilience, self awareness, emotion regulation, and healthy relationships. 

 

Dynamic Mindfulness Instructor, Niroga Institute

January 2018 – June 2018

Teach DMind curriculum to high school students, building stress resilience, self awareness, emotion regulation, and healthy relationships. Teaching integrates body, mind, and breath awareness through simple mindfulness and movement practices.

 

Program Manager of Community Initiatives, The Early Learning Lab

July 2016 – May 2018

Worked with teams to improve professional development, engagement and training of caregivers and teachers of young children. Supported local school districts as they designed and implemented professional development. Created systems for tracking growth and progress.

 

Program Manager, Early Edge California

April 2013 – July 2016

Worked across the state to build policymaker and community leader engagement in support of increasing access to effective early learning programs; supported school districts and teachers in implementing high-quality, developmentally appropriate transitional kindergarten and P-3 alignment; worked with partners to develop instructional and administrative resources.

 

Field Coordinator, Preschool California

April 2009 – April 2013

Built policymaker and community leader engagement in support of increasing access to effective early learning programs; supported school districts and teachers in implementing high-quality transitional kindergarten programs, working with partners to develop implementation and instructional resources.

 

Career Development Committee, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

October 2009 – January 2012

Collaborated in planning and executing educational events for young nonprofit professionals; addressed large groups, moderated speaker panels, and lead facilitated networking activities; recruited panel experts, created promotional fliers and supplemental materials, outreached to event attendees and improved committee systems and practices.

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