Chronic pain was Tina’s first yoga teacher. Like many students in her class and patients in her massage practice, she discovered the power and joy of yoga as an antidote to injury. And in her case, an alternative to surgery.
Beginning in 1999, Tina embarked on a journey to learn the art and science of yoga. Simultaneously, she studied to become a licensed massage therapist (LMP). Her early focus was on Hatha yoga and the 5 Tibetan Rites, along with deep meditations of OSHO’s Dynamic & Kundalini. And she did Master Yoga Teacher Training modules with Shiva Rea and Ana Forrest. But it was with Baron Baptiste that she found her love and joy of self-discovery. The connection she felt to the physicality and philosophy of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is why she pursued certification with the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute.
Tina’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology, her extensive yoga training, and her own lived experience of yoga’s power to heal and tranform, help make her the powerful and evolving teacher that she is. Her intelligence – both learned and intuited – shows up in every class she teaches. Tina encourages her students to pay close and constant attention to the philosophies, practices, and poses that most resonate with them because she believes such inquiry will help them discover the best teacher of all – themselves.
Tina is a leader in the Northwest yoga community and a mentor to many. As a Certified Baptiste Yoga instructor, she teaches a full schedule of classes at Be Luminous Yoga, and serves as teacher-faculty in their teacher training program. In her massage therapy practice, Body Harmony, Tina works hands-on with patients, conducts anatomy workshops for yoga studios, and massage training workshops for clinics.