I was raised on a dairy farm in northern Vermont. I joined the US Air Force in 1981 and stayed until 2002. I was an aircraft mechanic. I've worked hard my entire life. Yoga was my first introduction to paying more attention to my body. I noticed I would push my body to copy the yoga instructor. I learned yoga in 2012 at Unity, from our minister, who taught class on Saturday mornings. It was for the social gathering at first. When emotions showed up during class, I realized I needed my own practice, so daily practice in my greenhouse was safe and secluded. I became stronger among flowering plants and green growth. When the minister left, I took up teaching the class.
More classes were desired so we moved to Tuesday/Thursday nights. Unity board members asked me to becoming certified. I discovered "A Garden for Wellness" in Clarkesville, GA and signed up in January 2014 for a six month certification. loved my weekends; learning all about yoga from Elizabeth rajeshwari Seay and other wonderful students. In June 2014, I was awarded 200 hour certification in classical hatha yoga in the Krishnamacharya tradition.
As I continued to teach, I refined meditation at the end of class. A friend working at the Macon Veterans Administration asked if I would teach veterans, because of the meditation. I said no because I was anxious about causing trauma flashbacks for Vets with PTSD. I asked E. Seay about qualifications to meet their needs. She recommended the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT.org) website to find certified yoga therapy providers. I found Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and began training in 2015. I became certified in 2018.
The original purpose for becoming PRYT certified was to help veterans with PTSD deal with trauma. which I've done, through partnership with The PEACH Pit equine therapy, in Fort Valley, GA providing women veterans yoga/yoga therapy on weekend retreats two-three times per year (until COVID).
In 2018, I signed up with yogacalm.org to learn to teach children. I practiced at The PEACH/Quest children's summer camp. I connected with children in two groups; ages 4-10 and 11-18, three times/week, using Yoga Calm techniques, for eight weeks. Four weeks were at The PEACH Pit and the other four at Spirit's Quest farm in Roberta, GA. The children flourished in the summer program.
I continue a daily practice and love learning. Recent refresher PRYT Level 1 (refresher) training experiences added truth about upscaled taking better care of myself- body, mind and Soul.