Nickname: aka “Ricepaddy” when I lived and hiked the Appalachian Trail for six months this was my Trailname, because I am vegan.
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Place: In the wilderness hiking for days is where I find peace.
Guilty Pleasure: Watching reality TV shows
Hobbies: Hiking, backpacking, cycling, spinning, cooking, and snowboarding
Who do you most admire and why? I admire my husband, Bob, the most. We have been married for 40 wonderful, adventurous years. Three of the most important things in life are love, courage, and enthusiasm. He lives each day with such enthusiasm at work, at play and with his friends and the courage to face any obstacle that comes his way. His love and honesty is what attracted me to him, he is my best friend.
What is your favorite yoga pose? Triangle – If I was on a deserted island and could only do one pose it would be trikonasana. It is such a heart opening and hip opening pose that I feel alive and energized when I do it.
When did you start yoga? In 2002 after I completed my thru hike on the Appalachian Trail which was life changing, I felt the desire to continue on that journey and so I found yoga.
Who are your teachers and where did you train? Jan Hauenstein with TRY for Life where I received my 200 certification and Baron Baptiste when I did level 1 and level 2 training were two of my first teachers. Other workshops I have attended with Todd Norian, Janet Stone and Sharon Gannon and David Life in May 2012 for my Jivamukti Teacher Training.
Describe your teaching style: My style is very heart opening, warm and compassionate with an emphasis on the breath. I love to flow with the rhythm of the breath in the vinyasa flow style so the students lose themselves in the rhythmic flow and feel refreshed and rejuvenated when they leave their mat.
What is your motto? “Dream big and dare to fail” This was my motto when I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail and it has stuck with me ever since.