I began practicing yoga in 1999 as a way to improve my Kenpo Karate. After trying many different styles, I was introduced to Forrest Yoga and it changed my life. I am drawn to the deep healing and strength building aspects of this ceremonial practice. Through my time working with Forrest Yoga, I examined my own set of truths and beliefs and have been able to slowly remove and release those truths that were not my own. This long process of moving closer and closer to my heart and Spirit have allowed me to unleash this amazing fire, passion and drive for doing the very thing I love to do the most in this world…Helping others realize the strength, Beauty and freedom that thrives within them! I am grateful to marry two of my loves: art and Forrest Yoga in my current position as Artist in Residence for the Forrest Yoga organization.
Art has been the one passion that has been present with me my whole life. My mother was a nurse and crossed paths with a patient dying of lung cancer. This woman, Cecil Lynch, offered to train me every Saturday morning for $5, that she made me pay for out of my own money. She mentored and trained me for 8 years, from when I was 6-13 years old, passing along lessons, gifts and talents before she passed away. That was one of the most profound relationships in my life at that time. I feel the gifts Cecil passed onto me even to this day. The Beauty of this world is it’s impermanence. Life, death, love, art, and everything else is constantly changing and evolving. Birthing and dying. Transforming and evolving.
I continued my love of Art & Design by receiving a BFA in Graphic Design & Photography. I eventually made my mark professionally in television being an Art Director for Meredith Corporation for 10 years. I am honored to have been the recipient of three Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the recipient of two Gold and one Silver Global BDA Awards from the Broadcast Designers Association. I am so grateful to be able to combine two of my loves; Forrest Yoga & Art in my role as Artist in Residence for the Forrest Yoga organization.
Growing up in a home of six was crazy, energetic, and lots of fun. Early on my family realized that we could go on a family vacation across the country for a month…for the same price as flying to Disney World for a week. Since a very young age, my parents bought a camper and took my siblings & I camping as often as they could! We took a month off every summer and drove a different route from Rhode Island to Yellowstone, Las Vegas, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Wall Drug, Crazy Horse Monument, Canada, Key West…and even Disney World (they have a campground there too!).
This passion for travel and exploration is still very much a major part of my life. I am constantly looking at the local volcanoes planning attempts to summit each one! I am drawn to adventure, whether it is rappelling off a 200′ waterfall in Costa Rica, rafting the Owyhee River for 5 days in SE Oregon, or traveling to Spain for a month alone. There is so much magic and beauty in this world, and I am committed to finding and feeling as much of it as I can! I lead a Forrest Yoga for Adventurers’ group to the summit of Mt. Adams each year climbing with others literally reach the summit of one of our dreams!
I have experienced many emotional and physical breakthroughs through my Forrest Yoga practice. Since leaving the corporate world to follow my heart’s calling, I have evolved my life to a very unexpected place. I have dedicated my life to helping people go deeper within themselves, exploring and seeking out what truths are truly theirs. Removing the truths (“you can’t do this”, “you should get a normal job”, “you are unloveable”, etc.) other people place on us brings us closer to the one truth that matters, our own. When we are able to get close enough to listen to our own evolving truth, that is when we are able to unleash and quantum leap ourselves into a new state of hunger, desire, creativity, and passion for everything life has to offer! Dreams no longer seem like fantasies in our minds… you begin to taste the realities of them! I am here to support, encourage, and walk along this path beside you with an open heart… open to any possibility we can dream of! AHO!