I was instantly blown away by yoga, but did not realize the impact it would have on my future experiences. In 1996, a triathlon injury guided me to my first class with St. Louis yoga great, Pam Schulte. An invitation to Pam's first teacher training while I was two babies deep in "mommy-hood" was my ticket to the next leap in life, springing from pharmaceutical sales to Patanjali. I was ready for something more, and yoga was the perfect fit. I have since acquired my E-RYT 500-hour teacher certification, and started my own charitable business called “Dandelion Yoga Productions,” raising money for Down Syndrome Research in honor of my fourth child, Cricket.
Yoga was also the perfect compliment to my prior career; 9 years as a middle school science teacher. I enjoyed (and still do) the study of yoga's effect on the many systems of the body; muscular, skeletal, digestive, nervous (especially the limbic system of the brain), cardiovascular, endocrine, and reproductive to name a few.
Yoga was the perfect fit in 2014 as I recovered from a serious injury after slipping into full splits on Lavender Oil in my kitchen; talk about a freak accident. James Brown, eat your heart out! All kidding aside, the injury was serious; a complete hamstring tear which required surgical reattachment and a VERY long recovery. My knowledge about the body, healing, and safe, gentle recovery contributed to my speedy recovery. I have regained full range of motion and flexibility; although, pain is still a constant.
The long weeks in bed also brought me to the study of Mindfulness, and as soon as I was back on my feet, I was off to Nashville for training in "Mindful Schools," a California program. This additional training was another perfect fit and has brought me to a new place in my career path. I now offer lectures and training in Mastering Mindful Movement, including inservice support for schools, corporations, and other group settings. I have presented to teachers in Clayton School District, and employees of Washington University.
Although my studies and work bring much joy, the brightest spot in my life is my family. With four delightful children and a super cool husband, my life is full. Life sometimes feels TOO full, but those are the moments when I learn to get more quiet and pay attention. Those are the moments that I am reminded: YOGA IS THE PERFECT FIT. Namaste.