I have practiced yoga since I was in junior high school. I always come back to it whenever I need to center myself and evaluate where I have been and where I am going, which is quite often.
After many years of working in the legal industry, I decided to take the plunge and get my yoga teaching certificate. During my journey, I decided that I want to work primarily with seniors, including those with physical and/or cognitive issues which might include Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. It is my belief that the practice of yoga will prolong an individual’s mind/body connection, as well as offer numerous physical benefits, which will enable all to live a more connected, meaningful life. I also work with cancer survivors, as cancer has touched the lives of my family and friends too often. I am currently studying to gain additional knowledge necessary to work more effectively with these individuals.
In addition to these two groups, I am always happy to work with any individual who would like to explore the therapeutic benefits of a gentle yoga practice and restorative postures. Today’s world is so busy – it’s nice to have a place to go to step out of the storm for a while and rest. It is said that one hour of restorative yoga is equivalent to three hours of rest. That is what lotus blossom yoga provides – gentle yoga finishing with restorative poses and/or meditation, so that when you leave, you are centered and relaxed. Each session is personalized and offered on an individual basis. This ensures a more relaxed atmosphere and more personal attention.
I am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and certified by the Alzheimer’s Association, having attended classes to develop additional communication skills in order to teach yoga to individuals with dementia and advocate on their behalf. I am also certified by the American Red Cross in CPR/AED/Adult first aid, and have participated in numerous continuing education courses, including instructors such as Brian Kest, Baron Baptiste and Judith Hanson Lasater (both online and in person). For an extensive biography of my legal industry experience, please see my website at www.songbirdresearch.com.
In order to keep moving forward in my development and knowledge, I have received extensive training in the area of yoga therapy, integrating therapeutic postures into designed yoga practices to make those practices as beneficial as possible. I am also pursuing my 500-hour teaching certification through breathe yoga in Pittsford, New York, as well as training with Jean DiCarlo-Wagner to increase my knowledge when working with cancer survivors.
In addition to my cancer training and 500-hour certification, I am certified to teach yoga to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Finally, at year’s end, half of all my yoga income will be divided equally among the American Cancer Society, the Parkinson’s Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Association in the form of year-end charitable donations. So half of every dollar paid for a session will be paid forward to help others.
If you would like to discuss scheduling a personalized appointment, please use my contact page. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Feel free to come and give yoga and/or meditation a try. No experience is needed – just a desire to slow down for a little while.
Be well –
be everything you were meant to be; then you won’t be afraid of anything. – fm