My Story

I love to see people lit up with purpose and passion, sunflowers dancing in the field and being connected to that soulful place where you and I are ONE. I'm a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, lover of life, learning, creativity and roller skating. 

 I hold a Master’s Degree in Applied Healing Arts from Maryland University of Integrative Health. In 2007 I earned my Yoga Teacher Certification from The Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA. I have taught yoga at numerous studios and sites over the years including homeless shelters, eating disorder recovery clinics and teen programs. I am Trauma Informed Certified through Street Yoga and a Certified Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) teacher serving children and families.

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2012, I embarked on further exploration of wellbeing. I saw an Ayurvedic Doctor, A Functional Medicine Doc, many Western Docs, practiced Yoga, Meditation, made diet changes and lifestyle changes and more. Did I cure myself? No. In 2020 I earned a Health Coach Certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to continue adding to this ever expansive toolbox for self and community care. I learned how to tune into my feelings and use them as a guidance system. I learned to set boundaries, say no and pay attention to my needs. This is what has had the greatest impact on my wellbeing.

As you can see I am a committed lifelong learner and teacher. An outlook developed over a lifetime of study and practice, risks and inquiry has helped me face my own challenges. With 20+ years of non profit experience in violence prevention, I have seen how incredibly resilient people can be in the face of great difficulty. I also know well what it feels like to be sick, tired and uninspired AND how to move out of those funky and often necessary chapters in life.

The Soul Shine Studio was created as a vehicle to inspire YOU to live YOUR best life. I am asking soul seekers like you; WHAT MAKES YOUR SOUL SHINE? That is the first step in designing a life that feels good. When you boldly embrace who you are, where you've been and declare where you are going, you are shining a light that the world needs. I believe in the power of intention and when we marry intention to action we are in the driver’s seat of our lives. Thank you for joining me on this daring adventure!