My classes include a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and fitness
levels. No matter where you are at right now physically or emotionally,
there is a place for you in our community. Everyone is welcome, and
everyone works at their own pace. Yoga is not a competitive sport
or exercise routine to be mastered. Yoga is about connecting the mind
and the body. It’s a spiritual practice that works to calm the
stressed out, spinning mind by focusing on the breath while holding
the poses. You can get into great physical shape also with this practice,
if you are willing to put in the time on the mat. How hard you work
in my class is up to you. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive
atmosphere for people to do what they know will make them feel better.
People come to try the practice of yoga for many reasons. For some,
the practice takes root and centers them, leading to a strong healthy
body and a positive outlook on life.
I found Yoga during a stressful time in my life. My husband and I
had just moved to Norman and our children were still small. Sitting
on the porch on Lahoma street, I realized that I needed to face
my health problems and depression. I was overwhelmed and stressed,
and I had to take action before it got any worse. I did some reading
and learned that research has shown exercise is an effective, but
often under used, treatment for depression. I was willing to try
exercising; in fact I’d even enjoyed it at certain times in
my life. The problem was that I had never stuck with anything in
the past. I got a personal trainer at a gym and started lifting
weights and doing cardio. This was a great first step, but I knew
I couldn’t afford to pay someone top dollar to make me exercise
for the rest of my life. I needed something that I really enjoyed.
The motivation needed to come from within me. I also needed community.
Sometimes, when we need help in life, the right person to help us
just appears. I found myself telling my entire story to a massage
therapist, Susan Grisso, who I hardly knew. “You are supposed
to do yoga,” she says to me like I’m getting my cards
read at the psychic fair. In the past, I would have never listened
to a spiritual person like this; I had majored in Economics. I liked
numbers and analysis. I realized, however, that I needed to do something,
so maybe this was it. Besides, going to yoga class couldn’t
hurt. Within 3 days she had me in classes, then I was going twice
a week, and within a few months I was practicing on my own. I loved
it and I was on a new path. It led me down to Dallas where I became
a certified teacher. The yoga community, both in Norman and Dallas,
accepted me and gave me the support I needed to make some serious
lifestyle changes. These changes all came out of my personal yoga
I continue to travel and work with many great teachers. Yoga is
a life long endeavor; there is always something new to learn. The
teachers I respect are those who are still willing to learn from
others and who continue to let their practice expand. Over the last
few years, I’ve focused on attending workshops and teacher
trainings that are centered on Hatha Yoga philosophy and techniques.
My practice and teaching continue to be influenced by my favorite
teacher Doug Keller.
My intention is for my personal journey and practice to reflect
in my teaching. In other words, I only teach poses and techniques
that I actually do in my own practice. I gave up the business I’d
been running for ten years to practice and teach yoga full time.
There is a difference between a life led by the head, and a life
led by the heart and spirit. Yoga calms down the mind just enough
for the spirit to begin to break through and be heard.
Monday 5:45 pm
Tuesday 9:15 am
Tuesday 10:45 am
Wednesday 5:45 pm
Thursday 9:15 am
Saturday 9:00 am
Saturday 10:30 am
Teacher Training Weekends monthly