I’ve been an artist all my life. Graduated from the High School of Music & Art (then a separate campus of Performing Arts H.S. (the school the Fame movie and series was based on.) After attending Mount Holyoke College, I received my masters in fine art from Rutgers University. I’ve worked as freelance lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and as a tenured art professor for six years.
But Life has plans and I ended up through various twists and turns coming back to uniting my two great loves-Spirit & Art. They belong together. In academia the holistic interests were relegated to non-discussion a mere “hobby.” And just working in holistic field-teaching yoga left out the art. I felt a deep yearning for something more. Now with creation of Yantras and chakra pieces (soon to come,) finally I feel united and living my Dharma!
I’ve graduated the 18 month, Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. I began meditation in the early 90’s. Since 2001, I have engaged in over five months of intensive silent, residential meditation programs. Some of my Western teachers include Myoshin Kelley and Joseph Goldstein. I also have practiced under the guidance of Chanmay Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Pandita, for four and six weeks respectively, both are highly respected Burmese monks and meditation masters. Most of this practice takes place at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.
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I am a Kripalu Yoga certified teacher of 15 years with training in Ashtanga yoga with David Swenson. I’ve also studied with Sri Dharma Mittra and Alan Finger in New York City where I lived for many years. For three years, I ran Sattva Yoga & Wellness, a small studio in midtown Manhattan. During that time I was featured in several magazines, including Self, Yoga Journal and Essence. I was a board member of the New York Yoga Teachers Association, and taught at the Graduate Center of City University of N.Y, N.Y.U, NY Sports Clubs, and privately. My video for beginners–Start with Yoga was sold by a division of Book-of-the Month Club/Doubleday