Consider me like a butterfly navigating, and teaching others how to navigate, life's challenges with grace.
The path of the butterfly takes courage...
A bit of my story, education and experience background:
I grew up in Philadelphia, PA, attending Catholic grade school and an Eastern Orthodox high school. Although my physical and educational needs were met as a child, my emotional, mental and spiritual needs were not. As I entered adulthood, I struggled with anxiety and depression resulting from being a survivor of developmental and spiritual traumas. I leaned on many crutches to numb, distract, and escape. Over the years, I have slowly but surely learned how to rewrite my unhealthy coping mechanisms with healthy ones and have solidified a relationship with my intuition and the Source who created me. Today, I have a full toolbox of supports to help me ride the waves of life with more ease and grace, transmuting my times of struggle into wisdom. I watched many around me along the way crumble below trying times, becoming victims to their circumstances. I chose to learn from life and become sagacious via the challenges. I believe that self-compassion, self-acceptance, lightheartedness, regular application of yoga practices & lifestyle principles, and sharing my story without shame have been the biggest supporters of my personal healing.
In 2002, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomsburg University. I started practicing yoga in 2003 and began teaching in 2007 at Twisted Monkey Yoga Studio in Rockledge, PA. Since then, I have completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Beyond Asana in Philadelphia in 2014 (which included a service project where I fundraised over $6k for buildOn and traveled to Malawi, Africa, to Mchereka Village, and helped build a primary school), a 30 Day Living Yoga Residential Training at Yogaville, VA in 2017, and a 500 Hour YTT at the YogaLife Institute in Devon, PA in 2019. Most recently, in 2021, I completed an 800 Hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training at the YogaLife Institute. With over 2000 hours of teaching experience in various studios and community settings, I have taught yoga to all ages and abilities. Pre-pandemic, I was teaching at 5 studios throughout Camden County, NJ. When the pandemic hit, Blissful Butterfly Yoga was born, and I began teaching virtually.
In addition, I am experienced in working with children in the mental health and yoga fields. I was a Mental Health Therapist/Specialist at The Center for Autism (CFA) from 2008-2016, A Training Specialist at CFA 2016-2017 and have worked in private personized in-home childcare in Camden County, NJ since 2017. I have taught both typically developing and special needs children yoga ages 1-18 in studio, camp, community, and school settings.
Currently all services I provide are aimed to make the ancient practices of yoga accessible to the average human. For adult students, I currently offer weekly accessible live Online Yoga Classes, Yoga On Demand, monthly online sacred gatherings called Soulhood Circles, virtual Yoga Therapy Sessions along with a new 5-month immersive experience, Metamorphosis, and in-person Mindful Nature Special Events (also open to children 10-17 years) in warmer months. For child students of all ages, I offer in-home services such as Yoga Therapy Sessions and Mindful Care Time. I also collaborate with those interested in bringing yoga and mindfulness to children of all ages in schools, camps and community settings.
Additionally, I am forever a yoga student, curious explorer of life and nature lover with a hippie heart. Through my educational and life experiences, I have created Blissful Butterfly Yoga.
If you've made it this far, thanks for taking the time to learn about me. Please reach out with any questions.
With love & gratitude,