I am dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and in Comprehensive Yoga Therapy, which is the application of the principles and practices of Yoga to promote greater health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices.
My 1000-hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training at YogaLife Institute taught me a depth of holistic lifestyle, nutritional, and physical fitness that is not taught by Western medicine in allopathic healthcare. Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, I am able to empower individuals to have an experiential understanding of their challenges and “dis-eases” in a physical, psychological, and spiritual manner, thereby helping them to live a healthier life with reduced stress and anxiety, and find balance in their life, work and relationships.
As a Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed with Prescriptive Authority in the state of Hawaii, I alleviate suffering through prevention of disease and/or reversal and acceptance of complications from dis-ease, addressing illness in a multi-dimensional manner to heal body, mind, and spirit. While achieving my masters at DeSales University, I focused on non-communicable chronic diseases (ie. obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, malnourishment, etc.) and wove YogaLife Institute’s “yoga as a lifestyle” education into my papers and presentations and allowed it to be a central part of my practice and the way I approach and educate my patients.
What I enjoy most about being a nurse and yoga teacher is being able to view clients as whole beings and understand where they are physically, anatomically, emotionally, and physiologically, and being able to offer them a way to feel at peace. When clients come to me with multiple concerns, I am able to use my education and trainings as a Comprehensive Yoga Therapist and Family Nurse Practitioner to help guide my students through their health concerns and help them feel better on all levels of their being, finding acceptance of whatever dis-ease they may have. I am passionate about holistic healthcare and gaining additional education and experience with each client encounter.
She made a lesson to my specific needs every time I went to see her for a private session. She took the time to explain in detail, answer questions, show my videos, gave me homework, follow up. She was wonderful!
Prior to our first session we will have a telephone and/or email consultation where I will send you some assessment forms to invite you to spend time to see what exactly it is that you are looking to gain from our working together and personally gain insight on how I can best serve you.
During our first session, we will review these forms and I will go in further detail about how I can help you and we will come up with a plan together on how to meet your goals. We will spend the remaining time in a grounding and centering practice and you will leave with some "homework" including "SMART" goals to practice until our next session.
Each session we will begin by reviewing what you learned about yourself since our previous session through your home practice and homework. We will then build upon that through additional lessons, advanced practices, and SMART goals each session.
I am a Comprehensive Yoga Therapist with a 1000 hour certification through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. My Yoga training at YogaLife Institute was based on the Samkhya philosophy and taught me that everyone is a unique individual with their own patterns of behaviors that induce suffering, so there are no one-size prescription fits all yoga pose.
I am also a Family Nurse Practitioner with 12 years experience in various fields throughout healthcare. My passion is to combine my Yoga training to assist those with non-communicable chronic diseases (ie. obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, anxiety, etc.) to allievate their suffering by understanding their patterns of behaviors (samskaras) and help them to implement lifestyle changes to remove their klesa and improve their overall health.
I get excited for each opportunity to share my knowledge and education to help others in their lives.
Prices depend on level of service and format of lesson and range from $100-$175. There are options to have health insurance cover certain lessons.
As a nurse, I have always valued patient education. And being that I found Yoga right after finishing nursing school, I loved teaching my patients how to breath after having open-heart surgery or other cardio-thoracic procedure. It was only a matter of time before I would go back to do my Yoga Teacher Training, and spending the time to research and find YogaLife Institute and their Comprehensive Yoga Therapy program, helped me to bring focus to how I wanted to utilize both fields to teach others healthy lifestyles and yoga philosophy to live their best life.
I have worked with a variety of students, mostly beginners who have never taken a yoga class before in their life. Some of my better examples of that variety would be the 63-year-old man who has found greater flexibility to maneuver around his life and makes healthier choices around diet and lifestyle. Another is a 47-year-old cancer survivor with ongoing multiple chronic health concerns start to balance out her life and release stress and find acceptance in her abilities. Another 63-year-old breast cancer survivor I have worked with inspired me to offer more lessons based on palliative medicine (or reduced suffering) where we practice chair-yoga and deep relaxing breathing exercises. I have also helped a 33-year old mother of 3 children under 5 find some peace in her life and give herself some time for self-care and helped to rejuvinate her marriage. So even with the limited experience that I have as a Comprehensive Yoga Therapy student, I have exemplified being capable of working with a variety of people tailoring our sessions to where they need them to be. I look foward to working with you and helping you with what you need in your life.
I love hearing feedback from my clients on ways that they have noticed improvement in their lives. How they recall my lessons on breathing when they are feeling stressed and then suddenly feel at peace and acceptance for what is happening. And how they keep wanting to continue to work with me because it "makes them feel good". It's so wonderful to review the SMART goals from our previous session and get that AHA! moment when everything just clicks and my client feels so good about themselves and empowered because they did the work to feel that way.
Make sure the people that you hire are certified and have insurance. I am fully insured as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am certified by both the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a C-IAYT and the Hawaii State Board of Nursing as an APRN. There are yoga teacher trainings out there that are not affiliated with the Yoga Alliance or any certifications, and it shows in the quality of the training that they get. I was trained in Classical Yoga at YogaLife Institute. My teacher training was a 12-month program, not 6 weeks of regurgitating cues on a fixed set of postures. I have the training, experience, and qualifications to ensure that you remain safe in practice and within a healthy practice based on your current state of being.
Spend some time reflecting on what exactly it is that you want out of the person whom you hire as your teacher and why you are seeking it at this time. Try to think about how you want this person to help you to achieve your goals and what you want to get out of working with them. Also ask yourself if you really are ready to give the time and effort of yourself in order to meet your goals. Once you have this all established, bring this to the teachers and see what they can offer you to best help you with your needs. Then you can make an informed decision about who would best help you to achieve your goals. Hint: it's gonna be me ;-)