As a clinical social worker practicing in high-stress environments for over seventeen years, I eventually found myself feeling totally exhausted-- sleep-deprived, drained, unhealthy, and disconnected from my loved ones and myself. In a moment of desperation, I tried a Yoga Nidra meditation class, and, over time, experienced a total transformation in my ability to care for myself as well as my approach to life, career, and family. Practicing Yoga Nidra meditation for the past several years has enabled me to experience greater inner peace, better sleep, improved health-- and to become more present in my every day life.
Inspired by my personal experiences practicing Yoga Nidra, I wanted to share this amazing practice in our community, and travelled to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockton, MA, to train with Jennifer Reis, creator of Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® in order to become a certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® instructor. A few years later, in order to experience a deeper understanding of all eight limbs of yoga, I pursued my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Adriana Rizzolo at Yogala Los Angeles, CA. I continue to study with amazing teachers and healers in Los Angeles and beyond and am so grateful for my teachers' guidance on this path that has chosen me.
I hold a Bachelor of Science from Boston University in Speech-Language Pathology and a Master's of Social Work with a Healthcare Concentration from Barry University. I believe in the transformative power of music, nature, love, compassion, and community. I am a lifelong student and love to educate myself on all things wellness-- yoga, eastern philosophy, nutrition, traditional and complementary medicine, and on and on! I live in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles with my husband and son.
Ananda means "bliss," and it is my wish to guide everyone to find theirs.