Thank you for visiting my website. Here is a little bit of my story that I’d like to share with you.
After having enjoyed a fruitful career as a dancer, singer and actress in NYC, I was a complete snob - it never occurred to me that Yoga would be something that could benefit me. Back then, I managed to keep getting work in my field, even though it was a struggle at times. But for some reason, I never once felt fulfilled – this is because I never liked myself.
My first yoga class experience was a disaster. I hated the class; I hated the teacher. Looking back now, I could have been a much happier person if I had known yoga then, but I was too arrogant to admit it. Later in 2000, I stumbled into a yoga class again at the neighborhood gym and this time, I fell in love with it. In 2001, in the midst of an existential crisis right after 9-11, I found myself enrolled in a local yoga teacher training program. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to be a teacher, but I was searching for meaning in my life. “Who am I? Why am I here?” I used to question myself as a young girl, but I could no longer ignore this loud ringing in my ears. Before I knew it, I was teaching yoga. I began traveling the world, studying and teaching Yoga.
During the first decade of my practice, I was addicted to the vigorous physical practice. It gave me a lot of emotional release. But what I didn’t know was that I was completely abusing my body, trying too hard to achieve perfect poses. My ego was huge but my body was falling apart. I was in constant pain whether I was walking, sitting, or laying down.
When I experienced a physical shut down, I had no choice but to explore different aspects of Yoga. I knocked on the doors of The Bhakti Center in NYC, studied the Bhagavad Gita and Sanskrit, and sat amongst Kirtan gatherings nightly. I realized that the answers to my questions about life were in ancient Indian teachings. I found the spiritual aspect of my practice flourishing. I was becoming more free and felt at peace when I was reading scriptures or chanting the Divine names…but my body was still suffering.
In 2010, I discovered Yoga Tune Up ® and plunged into developing a deep body awareness and understanding of anatomy and bio-mechanics. I practiced the YTU® corrective exercises and rolled on the YTU® therapy balls regularly. It wasn’t long before I felt the onset of a new standard of feeling healthy, balanced, and powerful again. I continued my training in YTU® and participated in a Human dissection lab – it completely changed my life. Because of my newly developed physical intelligence, I am able to move and practice with a different awareness and focus, and help my students find their own balance. In 2015, I established Yoga Tune Up ® Japan and launched the teacher training program to help people in Japan have a better understanding in Self-Care.
Beginning in 2013, I went through a heart breaking divorce after 27 years of marriage. For the next 2 years, I was an emotional wreck. I went to India for 2 and a half months, where I visited as many spiritual sites and ashram that I could, came home to the states, and realized - I was free! Finally for the first time, I could pursue my dreams.
I believe there is no such thing as waste in life. Everything that has happened in my life, although not always easy, prepared me to this moment - to do what I’m supposed to do. I have developed an amazing relationship with my daughter, and sometime after my divorce, met my life partner - I call him my twin soul - and we now live in a house surrounded by brooks and trees. For the first time, I am at peace with myself, and I finally have a purposeful and fulfilling life.