Practicing yoga since 1999, and teaching since 2002, I was the student who rarely missed class and one day when the usual teacher was absent, I got recruited and have been teaching ever since!
I am a Certified Recreation Therapist with a B.A. from Kansas State University and have been working in the field of health and fitness for over 30 years. I am a Certified Yoga Therapist & Instructor, Tai Chi instructor, as well as a Certified Welllness Coach. For over 8 years I worked in the field of in-patient physical rehabilitation often using yoga as a therapeutic modality to help patients with a variety of diagnosis, as well as teaching in the community and operating a wellness program for a large health center. Leaving that world to be self-employed has been a true blessing and I love being able to meet the needs of my students & clients beyond the parameters of western medicine! Using essential oils, energy work, and other practices synergistically allows for clients to find a balance of healing that meets their individual needs. Refined Alignment now also has Infrared Sauna available to compliment and add to the synergistic approach of creating a wellness lifestyle.
At this time, there is no requirement in Kansas that a yoga instructor be certified or meet specific standards before leading yoga classes. Because of my work with clients and their varied health needs, I felt it was imperative to have additional training. So, in 2008/09 I completed the 200-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training from an accredited yoga-alliance-approved program and found the emphasis on body alignment especially helpful.
Since then, I have been blessed with opportunities to continue advancing my practice, and incorporating theory and learning from other styles of Hatha yoga, as well as Continuing Education using yoga, tai chi and qi gong to improve outcomes with Balance, Cancer, Arthritis, Parkinson's Disease, chronic pain, and to slow the aging process.
Classes are open to every body and can be done traditionally or adapted as needed. In the case of large groups, teams, or special presentations, can be held at your location. Please contact me if you want to schedule a presentation or class for your group.
Call, text or email to find out if refining your alignment, balance, energy, strength, flexibility, body and breath awareness can help you maintain or improve your well-being, fitness, performance, safety and quality of life!
(Image below is a creation by artist Claudia Tremblay. It spoke to my soul and I completely identified with both its spirit and visual content!)