About me

You can’t control the waves, but you can learn to surf.

Drawing from the depth of a 20 year practice, I have been teaching yoga and meditation for almost 10 years.  The hatha-raja teaching style that I learned from Dharma Mittra incorporates the meditative aspects of yoga into the physical practice, two vital tools that I will teach you to end your struggle with panic attacks.

 

As a poster child for Type A personality, I worked hard and played harder.

Sound familiar?  If I encountered a problem or conflict, not ever wanting to appear weak, I bulled my way through it.  On the outside I appeared strong, even cocky.  On the inside, though, I had a pretty low self-esteem.  Workouts in my twenties consisted of high impact aerobics, step class and weight training.  But I was inexplicably drawn to yoga class – I took a few classes with no expectations other than it being a different kind of workout.

At the 30 milestone, everything imploded.

(Seemingly inexplicably … ahem) I began having panic attacks that were so debilitating it became extremely difficult to sleep, drive, work or even eat.  Driving was definitely the biggest trigger.  Getting caught in traffic was big-time triggering claustrophobic feelings.  And, even when I wasn’t panicking, I may as well have been because I was living in literal terror of the next one.  It suuuuuucked so badly and for a while it didn’t seem like I would ever break out of that hell.

I decided I’d rather be dead than “live” like this.

But I found the way out and I was able to break free of the panic cycle.  The good news is, although it may not seem like it now, you can break free of it too.  It was a long journey back for me and, if you are like me, maybe you aren’t sure where to start.  I can not only get you started but can also be your Sherpa along the way.

Your past does not have to be your present.

Talk therapy helped me be able to do basic things like get to work and not starve myself but I still lived in perpetual anticipation of when I would panic next. Some days were okay but others it was like panic was lurking around the corner ready to appear at any moment.  I tried unsuccessfully to control my hyper-environment: what I ate to avoid IBS, the roads on which I drove to avoid traffic, etc.  Xanax just left me feeling tired and spacey.

Once I had my kids, I left my job to stay at home and raise them, which prompted a quasi existential crisis. Who “was I” without a formal career? How would I spend my time? What was I eating? What should I wear?

The few times I left my toddlers with the sitter at the gym, they were sick two days later so instead I started using power yoga videos at home as a way to regain my pre-pregnancy body.

Finally, I found the way out.

To learn to manage the constant undercurrent of anxiety, I poured through self-help books.  Took courses.  Trial and error.  Setbacks.  Frustration.  How I wish I knew then what I know now.  So many wasted years living in fear.  But now I can teach you how YOU can avoid the learning curve and FEEL BETTER FASTER.

Mathematics taught me about the physical structure of the universe.

Yoga taught me that we are all mere pieces of that manifest creation.

When my kids were in preschool, I was possessed to finish college.  (I figure it must have been divine intervention because no one in their right mind would choose to tackle calculus and potty training at the same time.)  Do you have overachieving tendencies too?

I got through 6 years of college with a minimal number of panic attacks!

You’d think the daily hours of studying along with my part-time chauffeuring “job” would have invoked one 6 yearlong panic attack, right?   I was taking yoga classes at a studio now.  Although still being challenged physically, I was starting to understand that yoga was a life skill that was helping me to heal on multiple levels.  One revelation was during a semester when I couldn’t fit any yoga classes into my schedule.  Until I stopped going, I hadn’t noticed how much calmer I had become and how much better I was handling stress.

Yoga and meditation led me to experience firsthand how thoughts caused the symptoms to either dissipate or escalate into an attack depending on HOW I CHOSE TO REACT.

I realized that I rarely panicked in the car on the way to school – even when there was traffic – because graduating from college was something I wanted to do and I wasn’t going to let panic keep me from it.  Using yogic principles and some basic lifestyle changes, I figured out how to stop a panic attack when it first started, which was extremely empowering.  Once I could make them stop, I no longer had to fear the next panic attack!  And that, in turn, caused me to be less susceptible to panic.  The cycle was broken!!

Once you stop living in fear, you can start living your dreams — like I did.

Now in my fifties, it feels awesome to be so comfortable in my own skin.

  • My kids are teenagers – I love them more than I ever thought I could love anyone.
  • I am super proud to have obtained both a bachelors and masters in mathematics.
  • Happy to be out of an office job, I now teach at the college level where I help freshman make the transition from high school to the college environment.
  • During the years that I owned a successful yoga studio, I developed and implemented the course, Yoga to Heal Panic, which will teach you how to use the principles of yoga to stop having panic attacks.
  • I achieved my dream of becoming an author. Check out my book, Hanging by a Limb.

How will YOUR post-panic life look?

I’m psyched to help you find out!
hare om

 

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