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My Story

My Background

I arrived on this path and to sisterhood of Sacred Embodied Womanhood in stages, over decades. While it crystallized through pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, it was originally catalyzed through more traditional forms of yoga and meditation, which over the course of 20 years brought me down and in to my body and sparked my fascination and longing for deeper and deeper embodiment.     

Simultaneously, I was drawn to depth psychology and the expression of the sacred within contemplative spiritual practice. I was compelled to explore the elusive feminine voice within the spiritual traditions, rich and mysterious, yet often deeply underground.

Putting these all together - the sacred, the body, and the feminine - invited me even further down and in, to the very core of what it means to embody our female form. What it looks and feels like to transmute the powerful personal and collective wounding that shows up there. It also invites exploration together, as a collective, for it seems that we very much need each other for this sacred journey of awakening and embodying the rich wisdom and life force energy of the sacred feminine.   

It is an exciting time now, as we as women are beginning to reclaim our innate creative and healing essences, and learning how to breathe, move, and enter into our bodies in ways that are healing, empowering, and distinctly feminine.

I am incredibly blessed and honored to be a space holder for women to immerse themselves in this exploration...to return to their rightful place as members of Sacred Embodied Womanhood. 

 

 

I have completed a BA in Psychology and and MA in Spiritual Direction and Leadership, a unique degree geared towards individual and group Spiritual Direction. My area of focus is contemplative spiritual disciplines and soul care; the art of deep, attentive listening which turns us towards compassion, remembrance, respect for mystery, and intimacy with self and others.

I am a yoga studio owner and instructor (RYT E-200) in traditional Hatha Yoga as well as the Phoenix Rising Tradition, which uses yoga as a vehicle for deepening embodied awareness. Sacred Embodiment Yoga was born out of a need to connect my yoga practice more immediately to the body as a vehicle for sacred, wild, feminine energies not often addressed in traditional yogic practice, yet essential for awakening those often dormant potentials in women and in the culture at large.

I am also a student of Judith Blackstone and The Realization Process, which encompasses Embodiment, Nondual Meditation and the Healing Ground. I incorporate her series of powerful but nourishing attunement exercises for experiencing ourselves and our bodies as a unified field of spiritual awareness, emotional responsiveness, and physical sensation. Connecting with our more raw sensuality, our ability to love and feel loved, and our capacity for refined vision and understanding, we heal our inner fragmentation and step into our wholeness.

My passion is for a creative, nurturing blend of movement, spiritual practice and embodied soul care in close, intimate partnership with women. This is our sacred work together. 

My Approach

As a yoga studio owner with a combined practicing & teaching career of over 20 years, I have come to see the need for an integrated, feminine approach to yoga, meditation, and women's gatherings that:

  • is unique to women's bodies and needs.
  • encompasses the unity of mind, body, heart, soul and spirit.
  • honors the emotional journey through the body and psyche.
  • is rich, grounded and inclusive enough to appeal to to contemporary, Western women, while also honoring our ancient roots and global sisterhood.
  • honors the instincts of the body, which are often injured and need to be re-claimed.
  • honors the cyclical rhythms of the women's body, which puts her in close connection with the rhythms of the natural environment.
  • is life-affirming, body-affirming, and addresses the whole person.
  • works directly with the raw material of our messy, complicated and busy lives.
  • takes place within a container of spiritual friendship, deep listening and witnessing, love and support.

 

My own spiritual journey has for over two decades  thrived in the company of spiritual friends, confidantes, and guides. I have been blessed with the gift of soul friendship and spiritual direction and have experienced the power that comes from witnessing and walking with another on the spiritual path. A compassionate, listening presence reminds us who we are deep inside and, like a midwife, helps usher our most sacred qualities forth into the world. Women as a collective, attuned to our most sacred, wild, essential selves have the power to heal and transform this world.

A peek into my life with a few of my favorite things.

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I am a wife, a devoted mother, business owner of a local yoga studio in partnership with my husband. I take my inspiration from my daughter on what it looks like to live in a way that is fully alive in our own skin.