After early training in
classical ballet, I attended the University of California School of Fine Arts where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Dance. My interest in dance has broadened to include modern dance, dance therapy,
improvisational dance, intensive body alignment and, most recently, the practice of Yoga.
Originating in India thousands
of years ago, Yoga is a practice that promotes physical as well as mental well-being by focusing on mind and body interaction
with gentle stretching and deep breathing exercises. All movement is performed
slowly and carefully, with control. Relaxation techniques are an integral part
of each session. When muscles are relaxed, they allow for an increased range
of movement and flexibility. Exercises to improve
posture and balance are helpful. The principles of Yoga may be practiced
by people with a wide range of abilities. They may even be practiced from a seated
In addition to the structured
classes, participants are encouraged to work on their own to develop a personal practice which suits their unique capabilities. The beauty of Yoga is that only a small amount of space is required: a mat, a cushion,
and possibly a chair for support.
Every body is unique. Each participant discovers an awareness of his or her body,
its limitations as well as its possibilities. Participants take their awareness
with them where ever they go. They find themselves using it in their daily activities. Deeper awareness enables them to extend their capabilities and discover new movement
possibilities, thus enhancing their quality of life.