I have been working as a somatic holistic healer and massage therapist for 18 years. I have extensive training in deep tissue, shiatsu, Qi Gong and cranio-sacral therapy. As well as leading deep and transformative yoga classes in Los Angeles since 2002. My primary yoga mentor is Ana Forrest, who believed in me immediately and gave me my first teaching position at the original Forrest Yoga Circle in Santa Monica, CA.
How did I get started?
I started my yoga practice in 1996 after an injury that left me hospitalized for many days. The lack of compassion and care I experienced in the hospital was so depressing it lit up something inside of me that said, “People who need healing, deserve better than this". Dealing with my injury, I realized I had no idea what my body was actually capable of but had a gut feeling that it must have a built-in healing and regenerative intelligence. This traumatic experience set me on the path of healing and educating myself about conscious healthy living. Through my own curiosity and life changes I began to learn first hand what worked and what didn’t when it came to transformative healing models and ultimately set my course to sharing what I experienced and learned with others. One of the greatest gifts of my professional life is empowering my students and clients to feel and realize how amazing their bodies are. Self care through proper nutrition, cleansing, exercising and effective ways to deal with stress are all topics I am pleased to cover during a private session.
I am also a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor. The work I am doing with the YTU Therapy Balls are definitely a favorite part of my student's week.
Currently, my creative joy comes through as a choreographer, spiritual embodiment facilitator, dancer and instructor at Erotic Movement Arts®.
Story of Erotic Movement Arts®….
In 2004 during a pole dancing class, I discovered what was missing in my life. Although I thought I was “in my body” as a full time yoga instructor and bodyworker, I knew that I was not engaged with all of my creative juices. So a few pole dancing classes later, in this intimate room full of women, I found that my inner dancer and sensual femaleness had been in a deep sleep. This new found love affair with my sensuality + pole dancing led me to fully dive into the dance classes at S Factor in Los Angeles and began tending to another layer of self discovery and healing. At the urging of my instructor, in 2006 I became a teacher as well as a national teacher trainer; developing their anatomy curriculum. After many years of supporting someone else's vision, I followed my aching heart to start my own movement called Erotic Movement Arts ® (formerly knowns as Erotic Discovery).
Erotic Movement Arts ®is a multi sensory, pleasure based, conscious movement and fitness experience for women. Part sacred temple, part boudoir - every cellular matrix of EMA is from my own body and all that she has come to understand about living well in a female body. EMA offers a safe space for women to journey into their inherent spiritual embodied wisdom which includes our eroticness.
My classes bring women from all over the world to explore through sacred dance, dialog, ritual, play and witnessing each other in their exploration of what it takes to choose to move from their liberated authentic self.