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I was raised in southern NY, and moved with my husband Chris to his hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1994. After years of cultivating a career in finance, I left the field to return to a life-long love – coaching diving. Since 2005, I have coached at several area high schools, a local country club, and at a year-round age group team. Around the time of my career shift, I also began to explore deepening my yoga practice, and introducing yoga to my divers. It wasn’t long before it became clear that yoga was something that could help them perform at peak levels, increasing strength, flexibility and focus. I began studying with my beloved teacher Todd Norian, and soon enrolled in his Yoga Teacher Training program. I am now E-RYT 500 teacher, teaching public classes and private lessons. I am also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, I am a Reiki Master, and I am trained in Thai Yoga, having studied at the Lotus Palm school in Montreal, QC.

My yoga classes are filled with laughter and joy, as I instill in my students a nurturing playfulness that allows every practitioner – from beginner to seasoned yogi – to practice unselfconsciously, in a safe, loving, supportive, yet challenging environment. In my classes, proper alignment allows each student to progress in a way that helps to avoid injury and heal the body.

I believe that life is inherently good. And that belief helps me to bring my students to their highest potential by teaching them to joyfully accept their bodies and their practice where it is now, while leaving space for the desire and intention for further expansion and growth.

My Assisted Yoga is a blissful experience. Through gentle but firm stretches, I transport my clients into a relaxing, meditative state, leaving them feeling more balanced and grounded than before. I am a Reiki Master, and I like to incorporate Reiki into my Assisted sessions to further deepen the healing effects. That relaxed, yet energized feeling often stays with them after their session.

I have an abundance of gratitude for all my teachers along the path, especially Todd Norian and Ann Greene, Carolyn Fahey, Bernadette Birney, Amy Ippoliti, Evelyne Serais, Gail Cohen, Shai Plonski, Jyothi Watanabe, Kam Thye Chow and Beth Prins Leas. My greatest teacher of all, every day, is my husband Chris, whose light grows brighter with time. I am privileged to live in a home belonging to three dogs, Stewie, Rosie and Daisy, and one cat, Buzz, who help to keep my feet on the ground, and remind me that the greatest joys in life can arise from connection with another being.

When I’m not teaching yoga or coaching diving, I can be found either practicing arm-balances or inversions (I really like being upside-down), hanging out with my husband and our menagerie of animals, or in the kitchen trying out some new recipe (which is always more fun with a glass of wine!)