After 18 years of owning my own business, raising two beautiful daughters and helping to raise two stepsons, I sold my business, considered myself “retired” and began doing charitable work. I was busier than ever running my household, taking care of my beloved dogs, hiking and practicing yoga…I looked at this as the second chapter of my life and it was pretty good.
Then, my girls surprised me with a Mother-Daughter Yoga Retreat in Palm Springs. After one of our classes, my youngest daughter said, “Mom, you should be a yoga teacher!” My older daughter agreed, but I thought they were really stretching it. I was 50 years old and couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to take yoga classes from someone my age. Some time passed, and I couldn’t get the thought of teaching yoga out of my head. The seed was planted and so the journey began.
I completed 500 hours of teacher certification through Yogaworks and began teaching classes and private lessons in the greater Los Angeles area. I was also inspired to take Yogaworks’ Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training which teaches Restorative Yoga, incorporating Reiki and Essential Oils. Through this process, I have learned more about yoga than I ever knew existed just a few years ago and how to bring healing and relaxation to others. I was also able to work with patients at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center and Palliative Care at Motion Picture Television Fund in Woodland Hills, CA. I am so happy to now be able to pass on the amazing wisdom that has been gifted to me from my training, my mentor, and all of the inspiring teachers I’ve met along the way.
Later in life, many people say things like, “I feel like a 20 year old inside” and “I can’t believe how much time has passed.” Since yoga has become my life, I am so amazed at what this body continues to be capable of at any age, and am eager to spread the awareness. It astonishes me every single day and I truly have never felt better. My mind, body, heart and spirit have changed dramatically with yoga and I can’t wait to share these gifts with my future students.