Moving was a part of my family growing up- we hiked, biked, canoed, camped, skied, etc. Then when I was in elementary school, my parents started "jogging." I went along with them, and something about it fit for me and I have been running ever since, no matter what the weather. When the snow starts to cover the ground, I take my training on snowshoes. I ran competitively through junior high, high school and college. I continued running when I had my children (albeit a little slower and less often!) I still enjoy other activities, but running has been a consistent part of my life. Keeping a close sense of family is always a priority. I appreciate the time with my sons as they navigate their way through the teenage years.
In the past few years, I have increased my running/snowshoeing, and my involvement with the running community. I am a member of the Genesee Valley Harriers Elite Running Club. I also coach for Medved Running and Walking Outfitters and cross country at Brighton High School. I plan on running more trails and doing my first ultra marathon (50km) in Bellingham, WA March ’11.
After a hamstring injury several years ago, I found relief in my practice of yoga and saw the complement of yoga and sport. I am less prone to injury, my speed and endurance have increased, and I have gained the mental strength it takes to complete endurance events. I began teaching yoga after being encouraged, energized and inspired by teacher trainings with certified Anusara instructor Vishali Varga.
Having learned so much through the yoga teacher trainings and working with my students, I refined my passion for therapeutics. I have taught yoga to athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid for the Eastern Regional Elite Distance Running Camp. I have also presented workshops to athletes at the University of Rochester, Finger Lakes Community College, and Brighton High School. Currently, I teach yoga at Blue Lotus Yoga and the JCC. I am back in school, applying for doctorate in Physical Therapy.
"Life is full of setbacks. Success is determined by how you handle setbacks." I have lived through challenges in my life, but this also speaks to me in my training. Training is just that- putting yourself up against a "setback" or some kind of adversity, and then responding to it. By exposing yourself to stress, you have the opportunity to grow and become stronger when you face the challenge. Take some deep breaths, sweat a little and prove to yourself how strong you are!
When I heard lululemon was coming to Rochester, I saw it as an opportunity to have a community "hub." I saw it as a chance to help support that growing sense of community, not just for yoga, but making connections to sport and yoga.
Training & Highlights:
Level I & II Teacher Training, Therapeutics, with Vishali Varga. Also studied with John Friend and Aimee Bohn.
Running coach for Medved Running and Walking Outfitters, as well as private clients.
Brighton High School Cross Country assistant coach.
Coach/yoga teacher at Regional Elite Distance Running Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid.
Presented Yoga for Athletes at Distance Running Super Camp at Finger Lakes Community College
Presented Yoga for Athletes at NYSAPHERD conference
Worked with sports teams at University of Rochester, Finger Lakes Community College, Brighton High School and Pittsford Sutherland High School (Yoga for Athletes)
Member of the Genesee Valley Harriers Elite Running Club
7 marathons: NYC ‘06, Niagara Falls ‘08, Boston ‘09, Philadelphia’09, Sehgahunda Trail Marathon ‘10, Chicago ‘10, Lithia Loop Trail Marathon ‘10 (Ashland, OR)
Snowshoe Racing: Snowshoe Nationals ’08 (Park City, UT), ’09 (Mt Hood, OR), ’10 (Syracuse, NY)