After joining a fitness studio in the 1990’s I started taking yoga classes with a wonderful yoga instructor. Ellie taught yoga with skill, dedication, and belief that you move to your “edge” and then a little beyond each time you practice. I found a physical strengthening in my body and calmness in my mind.
My chosen career was teaching young children in classroom settings and dedication to including those children with a variety of learning differences. I saw an ad for Kidding Around Yoga Teacher Training and signed up for a training in Greensboro, North Carolina with Haris as the trainer. During my remaining classroom teaching career and continuing now during my retirement years I work with children of varying age groups and with a variety of disabilities.
After taking a second training in July 2017 I’ve expanded my knowledge and had tons of fun with all of the changes as KAY has added new songs and activities and become international. My goal is to bring KAY to as many children and families in my new community of Traverse City in northern Michigan.
In addition to teaching yoga to children I am involved in volunteer work grooming horses at Peace Ranch which assists our war veterans with PTSD and other groups of people who have experienced some type of trauma in their lives. Most of the horses have also experienced trauma in their lives and have come to Peace Ranch for healing. The horses assist the humans and the humans assist the horses resulting in both human and animal healing.
I believe that yoga is not only fun and great exercise but it also can be very healing for body and spirit.
Beginning in January 2018 I will be teaching yoga to children with disabilities for a 10 week schedule in a program for Arts for All in Traverse City.
Other classes TBA and may include work with the Autism Center of Michigan in Traverse City and providing classes at the YMCA.
I will be providing Karma Yoga for Michael’s Place which provides children and families a place for grieving when they have lost a loved one.
Additional class offerings will be posted at a later date.