This morning, during our yoga session, I felt that a paradise couldn’t be better!
— Gratitude: The Gateway to Grace retreat participant

Yoga - a balm for body, mind and soul

Yoga has saved me more times than I can count. It saves me every day.

At the beginning of the day, yoga gets my blood flowing and awakens me to the beauty of the day to come. At the end of the day, it helps me release whatever stress I might have taken on and prepares me for a restful sleep. After a long day’s drive while on the road, it works the kinks out of my body and refreshes every part of me. If I’m feeling a little blue or out of sorts, it lifts my spirits.

No matter what the situation, yoga invariably serves as a balm to my soul.

Yoga has also helped me heal - body, mind and soul - from each and every challenge I have had in my life - cancer, divorce, job loss, heartbreak, the challenges of single parenting, or just a stressful day - you name it, yoga has been there to help me heal. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

Yoga is good for the body, yes. In more ways than I can count. But it is so much more. It is an entire system that addresses each and every part of who we are - at the very deepest level.

Yoga is a life-long journey, an exploration into and an eventual unveiling of who we are at our core - beautiful, radiant, powerful beings who are meant to shine our brightest light out into the world.

Yoga is a path to greater peace, happiness, joy - and whole being health.

I hope you will join me on the path!

Your classes provide a lovely oasis of peace in my day.
— Melissa A., Yoga Studio Owner
Sunset - Waiehu Beach Park, Maui, HI  (Photo by Lydie Baudry)

Sunset - Waiehu Beach Park, Maui, HI (Photo by Lydie Baudry)

Benefits of yoga

Emotional & Spiritual Benefits

  • Calms the mind

  • Reduces stress & anxiety

  • Improves self-image

  • Builds self-confidence & courage

  • Deepens one’s spiritual awareness

  • Awakens compassion - for ourselves and others

Physical & Mental Benefits

  • Increases muscle strength & tone

  • Improves flexibility & balance

  • Enhances respiration, energy & vitality

  • Improves body awareness

  • Boosts cardio & circulatory health

  • Brings mental clarity & focus

Who can Practice yoga?

Yoga is for every body. It starts exactly where you are - no matter where that is!

You do not have to be flexible - but yoga will help you become more so.

You do not have to be thin and/or young. Although yoga will increase your vitality, making you feel younger - and can assist you in weight loss, if that is your desire.

Every body can do yoga.

If you can breathe, you can do yoga!

my approach/philosophy

As an ovarian cancer survivor, I know what it means to find a way to more vibrancy and light. I am dedicated to helping you become your healthiest and most radiant self by assisting you in learning how to truly care for yourself and to see the beauty, grace and magic in every moment—even in times of challenge.

I know yoga can assist us in doing just that - allowing us to find comfort and wellbeing in our physical bodies, while also gently opening us to awareness about ourselves and others and our relationship to and interconnectedness with all of creation.

It is my deepest desire to help the world find healing through the unveiling of the heart and the letting go of the things that divide. Teaching yoga allows me this sacred opportunity.

Soaking up the sea breeze at Dragon's Teeth / Makaluapuna Point - West Maui, HI  (Photo by Lydie Baudry)

Soaking up the sea breeze at Dragon's Teeth / Makaluapuna Point - West Maui, HI (Photo by Lydie Baudry)

TEaching Experience & Training

  • Over 25 years of yoga practice

  • Teaching since 2005

  • Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance - RYT 200

  • Teacher certification through Darling Yoga (Emily Darling and Christy Burnette, E-RYT 500)

  • Extensive teacher training with yoga sutra expert Bhavani Maki, author of The Yogi’s Roadmap

  • Additional teacher training and study with Mary Obendorfer (Iyengar), Betsey Downing (Anusara), Rama Jyoti Vernon (yoga sutra expert) and Gopi Sandal (Hatha / Bhakti)

  • Meditation study with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Paige Britt, James Baraz, Sebene Selassie, and more.

Cover photo by Phyllis Tanner-Frye (Murrells Inlet, SC)