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My first introduction to meditation was inspired by the Beatles in the 60’s. I hitched across country to take took courses in Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi in Humbolt County, California.  And for a “wild child”, it was the beginning of slowing down enough to “feel”, “see”, and “be” in life moment to moment. And the beginning of a wondrous path that is filled with both 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows.

Being a hippie in the 60’s- I was a true “Beatle Maniac at Shea Stadium;  got mazed in the face during a peace march on Washington D.C. ; got run over by barbwire during the Chicago 7; lived by Ram Das’ book “Be Here Now”; got my first pair of Berkenstocks,  burned my bra on the Big Sur;  stayed awake all night to hear Jimmy Hendrik sing “Freedom” at Woodstock. And underneath all that, “all i was sayin was- “give peace a chance” (John Lennon).

 In 1970 I moved to Santa Barbara, California to complete my Masters in Education.  It was there that got my first introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. I didnt even know who the Dalai Lama was back then,  and by chance he made an unexpected visit to the  Dharma Datu were I was practicing meditation.  I remembered feeling like I had never met someone that was so present and kind-hearted. I wept for days.

Santa Barabara was a spiritual hub at that time. I would go to the olive groves in Ojai and listen to Krishna Murti’s Sunday morning talks;  occasionally stop by and do yoga with Swami Satchidananda;  hear talks at my university by Buck Minister Fuller; and drive to Santa Monica and do meditation intensives with Baba Muktananda. 

As my passion for yoga grew, I started taking yoga classes four times a week.. My teachers  Pheldea Fleming and James Brodsky were students of Desikacharya and Iyengar. Their classes were an amazing balance of dynamism, humor, breath awareness and inner quietude. And by 1977 they deceided to leave town, and invited me to take over teaching their classes. Both shocked and honored, I longed to have more knowledge. So after covering their classes for a year, I then moved to San Francisco to study at the Iyengar Yoga Institute. I was overjoyed to be in the company of such masterful teachers as Mary Dunn, Kofi Bufia, Manuso Manas, Felicity Hall and Ramand Patel. And I absorbed everything like a sponge! The greatest honor was getting to take Intensives with B.K.S. Iyengar at his yoga institute in Pune, India. His brillant eye and deep wisdom continued to ignite my passion, enthusiasm and devotion to this practice and path.

After graduation from the Iyengar Yoga Institute,  I moved to Berkley to assist in Donald Moyer classes at the Yoga Room. And evenings I would go to the Siddha Yoga Ashram for meditation and chanting. There I met the head of the hatha yoga department who invited me to assist her in teaching yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings world-wide for the next eleven years. throughout India, Japan, China, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and in all the major cities in the  United States. And who knew that by 2020 “Om” would be a household word, a yoga mat would be in everyones’ carry-on, and most doctors would be recommending yoga for good health.

In 1989 I returned to the Northwestern corner of Connecticut where I founded “Yoga Sangha”, a community with heart. During that time I studied with such spiritual luminaries as   Byron Katie, Narayan Liebenson, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh and Daido Lori.

 A few years later I got introduced to Anusara Yoga. This new paradigm consisted of applying principles of alignment, and balanced actions for the inner and outer body that were in harmony with the pulsation of the Universe. And after continued study and practice, I got certified in this new methodology and continued offering Anusara classes, workshops and Immersions for the next decades.

In 2012 one of my students introduced me to Life Coaching and the magic of mind inquiry work.  I had such incredible shifts in my own life, that I did  the training to become a life coach and added that as an offering in  my life’s work as well.

I still continue to teach private and public yoga classes as well as offer life coaching and teacher training. 

In 2020, during the pandemic,  my first book of poetry wrote me! The book is called                     “Pure & Simple Poems,” and is available on Amazon. It was so unexpected and I am tickled to be able to offer it. My second book is calling, and so are memoirs of my wild and wonderful life- so stay tuned.!

My body turned 80 this year, but I still haven’t caught up with it yet! I keep up my yoga, breathing and meditation practices daily to support my body, mind and heart.  I pause more- not because i am an old fart , but because I don’t want to miss the sacredness of each moment.

 I spend summers in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where I get further inspiration from my great love the sea and spend time with rocks, birds, friends and foe.  And look  forward to meeting you.

                                                             Namaste!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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