200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training  changed my life.  It was within my training that I deeply examined my beliefs about myself and the world.  I had been doing this for years already, especially within my BFA studies at UWM, in which I put my relationships to myself, each other, and to Earth under the microscope lens of art and womens’ studies courses.  In yoga teacher training, a fraction of the time required of a student within the university, I had the opportunity to look through the lens of a yogi at my life and how I interact with my world.

I grew up a critical thinker, always distrusting the mainstream ways, and I would critique the mindless day to day life of consumerism that the American Dream encourages.  I thought by being a producer of thoughtful images and objects, I could begin to inspire art viewers to question their own relationship to the American Dream, to the blind consumerism, to the disconnections we have with each other and our planet.  I was frustrated with humanity.

Yoga Teacher Training showed me a new way.  The way of the yogi.  Love is power.  Frustration is not a way to inspire others, but love is.  I changed my relationship to myself and to my community.  Anger has been replaced with acceptance, understanding, and most importantly love, and from this nourished rather than frustrated source of energy, I now address the issues I always have been in a far more effective manner.

Profoundly humbling, and from my deepest source of love, I am now leading a 200 hour teacher training through the Third Ward’s Institute of Beauty and Wellness.  Who knows how Yoga Teacher Training could change your life?   Sign up here: http://ibw.edu/programs/yoga/

Photo credit: Nicole Sheldon

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Use the Breath to Change How You Feel

The Yogis have been saying this for a long time, and what do you know modern science is catching up these days.  Modern scientific studies, to be found here: Breath Could Change Your Emotions, are proving that deep, slow breathing reduces the stress precedes a presentation, concert, performance, event, and mindful, deep, slow breathing reduces chronic anxiety and PTSD.  If you want to work on it, come to a yoga class or Autumnal Equinox Nidra, to breathe and relax!

Find Sanctuary During Transitions

Sigh.  It’s the body’s way of letting go.  My yoga community came out to Kirtan last night and a yoga practice titled the Evolution of Change.  
Pictured above is Ryan Hader and his fellow musician and friend Scott.  Ryan was my first public yoga teacher in Milwaukee. He brought my practice to a level where I began to feel inspired to share it with others by bringing them to class or sharing a pose I thought would help them with whatever they had going on in their bodies.

The top two photos are the ceiling of the sacred vessel that has allowed me to grow into the person I am.  This simple, elegant view from savasana has comforted me through life’s challenges that I worked through on my mat but also inspired awe at the beauty available to us if we simple know to look.

This view last night helped me remember to see the beauty in this challenging time of letting go of this sanctuary.

Ryan reminded us that everything is constantly changing, so can you be enough?  Yoga helps us access the sanctuary within, because really the room , the studio, the temple is justabsorbing all of the great energy and contains it.  Wherever you go, you can find sanctuary, for what is inside will manifest outside.

Witnessing Mantra Transformation


Just finished up a 40-day mantra challenge a week ago and began a new mantra.  Five days into this new mantra, I am already feeling the effects and shifts that this mantra is calling into my life.  This new mantra is four times longer than any other mantra that I have succeeded with chanting on a regular basis and so it took extra work to learn it, and it takes extra concentration to chant it, which is perfect for my mind which has been super busy with the transitions currently happening in my life.  

Mantra is like a prayer or the setting of an intention.  It is a chant to be done aloud or silently, usually repeated 108 times.  I have been practicing mantra for about five years and last year began to challenge myself to 40 consecutive days of practice.  40 days is an auspicious number for mantra practice.  It is said around day 30 that your karma will make it challenging to continue by throwing obstacles in your path.  That definitely happened on day 29-30 during my last 40 day challenge, with a studio merging with another and so 60% of my public classes are ending on Labor Day – catch me while you can!  So I have been coping with a lot of stress and I have been in a survival mindset.

With this big transition in life, I knew to begin a new mantra right away to align my energy with my intention.  A more complicated and longer mantra would balance the stress, chanting mantra tones the vagus nerve, so it is calling and helps practitioners still their minds for meditation.

We are powerful, if only we believe in ourselves.  Mantra helps you gather your strength, focus, and the trust you need to be great.  Are you ready to be your best?  Check out my Offerings page to get your very own mala, like the one held in the photo above.

´╗┐Why I teach Yoga

I had a student tell me that my class I offered was life-changing and inspiring.  He told me that he works 14-hour days everyday, working for himself, often until 3AM.  I offered in class today that our chances for success increase with our ability to be uncomfortable, and we can reduce our stress with a few different breathing techniques which I taught in class.  He told me he is inspired to work on his breathing to manage the stress levels of owning his own business and needs to stop working so much.

Teaching yoga is my passion and I love these break-through moments in which my students walk away feeling empowered, inspired, and better than when they walked into my class.  Teaching yoga is hard, there is no job security, no pay raises, no paid vacations, it’s super competitive (even though yoga is supposed to be against competition), and undervalued by society, but moments like I had today are why I offer what I do.  Yoga could change the world through its ability to change the inner landscapes of its practitioners.

Swami vision by Swami Vivekenanda

“He whom the sages have been seeking in all these places is in our own hearts; the voice that you heard was right, says the Vedanta, but the direction you gave to the voice was wrong. The ideal of freedom that you perceived was correct, but you projected it outside yourself, and that was your mistake. Bring it nearer and nearer, until you find that it was all the time within you, it was the Self of your own self. That freedom was your own nature, and this maya never bound you

(Vivekananda).