The art of movement is something that I have always been inspired by. An early student and disciple of Martha Graham, the notion that anyone could dance regardless of body type with deepest forms of expression inspired me. Acceptance, loose arms, contractions, expansions, working from the ground on your feet back to the earth, representing our experience of life spoke. Story telling in dance, the opportunity to speak without words, the breath, the community- I found comfort and peace inside myself. Pursuing dance had been my goal until I unfortunately began a battle with Bulimia. Through the healing process I said goodbye to dance but movement lived on in my soul and I found refuge in journaling, painting and eventually finding joy in motherhood, sisterhood, travels, and the exploration of cultures and people all over the worlds. Eventually I became a student of Anusara Yoga at Shree in Saddle River where Chaya and her incredible teachers inspired me with traditional stories and movement in yoga, that led to me getting my certification with my Husband through Indigo Yoga where Stephanie and Cindy made way for my acceptance as a teacher in our yoga community. This combined with my studies in Psychology and Executive Coaching inspired me to create a world where anyone can practice the spiritual, physical and emotional experience of yoga. To come together as a community of acceptance and expression.
My favorite pose is Star Gazer. A pose often used in modern dance to lift from the earth with a heart wide open in fullest expression of acceptance and openness to all that will be.
The Iron Buddha is a dream come true. Building strength of the mind, body and spirit in peaceful acceptance.
For over 25 years I've been on a journey to strengthen my body, my mind and my spirit. After becoming a sensei in the Japanese forms of Martial Arts Karate, Jujitsu and Aikido, my love for teaching others how to become warriors; truly capable of anything became obvious. I enjoyed watching people discover things about themselves they never thought possible. At the same time learning so much about myself. In the early years, it was a physical ambition- strengthening the body for whatever obstacles someone might face, but as I grew older after cross fit certifications, and yoga teacher training -I realized your strength had to come from the inside, where confidence lives, where the power to choose lives, where the warrior lives. Becoming a certified life coach, I began to incorporate the strength and discipline of martial arts with the power and purpose of Yoga, strength training and the discovery of the heart / mind connection. As individuals, we need to use all of our muscles; feel all of our emotions and work to understand which obstacles call for which muscles to be used.
The dream of the Iron Buddha, where we will build strength in peace comes after a journey facing my own challenges physically, emotionally and spiritually at different times and realizing it’s a practice. My community, family and self-discovery work made it clear; we need to do more, share more, live more, train more together.
Proud to share my learnings while I learn from our great teachers and Iron Buddha Warriors.