I’m a certified yoga instructor with an eclectic style of teaching basic hatha yoga.
I began my personal yoga practice in 1997 to compliment my existing martial art practice in Kempo karate. I enrolled in a two year teacher training program with the Cincinnati Yoga Teacher’s Association (CYTA). As an apprentice and board co-chair, I processed the organization’s incoming calls which ranged from basic inquiries about yoga, classes, the apprentice program and our local organization. I was also responsible for mailing their tri-state yoga teacher directory.
In 1999, I began participating and was initiated into a Kriya Yoga mediation group. I also enrolled in a Tai Chi class (short yang style) at the White Willow School of Tai Chi. The same year, I began taking classes at the Cincinnati Yoga School and Bookstore, where I became their first employee, assisted the school’s owners with their daily business operations, and began teaching yoga classes.
In 2000, I enrolled in the Atma Yoga (200 hour) national teacher training program. I successfully completed both yoga teacher training programs, receiving my Atma Yoga national teacher certification on August 26, 2001, followed by my yoga instructor certification on October 13, 2001 from the Cincinnati Yoga Teachers Association (CYTA).
In 2002, I earned a Level 1 certification in Tai Chi. In 2003, I became a registered yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance, the first national yoga teacher organization.
I continued my martial art practice in Kempo karate and in 2008 earned a 1st degree brown belt. Up to the present time, I remain a member of CYTA and a registered instructor with Yoga Alliance. I continue to teach yoga classes and have provided my teaching history below:
2015 to Present – Corporate Classes: Kroger Technology Center, Blue Ash
2001 to Present – Blue Ash Recreation Center
2003 – Springdale Recreation Center
2001 to 2003 – City of Montgomery Recreational Department
1999 to 2003 – Cincinnati Yoga School and Bookstore
1999 to 2000 – White Willow School of Tai Chi
1999 – Loveland YMCA
I continue to participate in classes and workshops that comply with the continuing education requirements developed by the Yoga Alliance. These standards allow me to maintain my registration with their organization and keep me current with yoga knowledge and teaching skills.