Yogi. Nana. Retired Teacher. ZENworker. Life-long Learner.
“My love of yoga started in 1998 attending my first class while on vacation. Savasana (corpse pose-final rest) was sweet and wonderfully peaceful. I signed up for a series at the gym when I got home and have been following yoga’s lead ever since, … learning to live mindfully and skillfully. Saying yes to what life has to offer.
I taught Kindergarten and First Grade for 15 years in retiring in 2005. My first assignment after receiving a BS in Education from Cleveland State University was in Cleveland Metropolitan School District in 1975. Following time off for raising three daughters, I returned to teaching in 1995 in private schools in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2011 I completed a Hatha Yoga Teacher certification from my teachers Todd Norian and Ann Greene and registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). This Anusara based training led me to the Grounded Yoga program developed in Atlanta, Ga. by Cheryl Crawford and Amy Haysman earning the Children’s Yoga Teacher designation with Yoga Alliance (RCYT) in 2014.
I connected with Sonya and Zenworks Yoga 2011 and began as a yoga teacher blending my love of working with children and experience in the classroom. When Zenworks received a non-profit 50l(c)(3) status in August, 2013 I joined as founding board member. As our teaching staff grew, I accepted the position, Program and Teacher Development Consultant in April 2014, while keeping my other roles.
Our newest adventure amaZEN U was born out of the understanding that children benefit from daily, short and frequent experiences in mindfulness, breathing exercises and yoga poses. These experiences can support the development of self-regulation, self-awareness and empathy in children. With the classroom teacher as the guide, I am confident this tool can facilitate calmness, focus, balance and energy in the classroom.”