Twenty-five years ago I applied myself to historical and philosophical approaches to the study of religion under the direction of scholars such as Elie Wiesel and Malcolm David Eckel, but as I grew into adulthood, exposure to yogic and Buddhist practices showed me heart-based ways of feeling into life, and the Wisdom Traditions became a source of personal support.
I have been teaching yoga for more than a decade now, completing several long-term trainings along the way. Most recently I earned yoga and mindfulness certification from the Insight Yoga Institute and a personal endorsement by its founder, Sarah Powers. I now serve as a Mentor for the Institute and have assisted Sarah on trainings and retreats.
Of all the methods I have studied, I particularly appreciate meditation and psycho-spiritual inquiry for benefitting people in the throes of change. To expand my skills in this area I have undertaken an additional 2-year meditation teaching program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach that highlights Buddhist psychology. I am also studying to become an end-of-life doula. See below for a select list of trainings and certifications:
By retreating annually with esteemed dharma teachers, paying attention to the evolving relationship of Buddhism and psychology, and working to uncover my unconscious bias, I endeavor to keep my practice and teaching fresh and responsive. I also apply myself to step-mothering, science book editing, and making music with friends. Weekly, I head out of Boston to share yoga and mindfulness with women incarcerated in the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham. In summers, I have the privilege of spending time at a tiny cottage in upstate New York.
I offer a deep bow to my teachers, spiritual allies, and students. We are suffering and awakening together.