It is my greatest joy and honor to share presence and authenticity with you as we walk the healing path together.
I come from both people of the Jewish diaspora, most recently in eastern Europe. I grew up in the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg people, which is currently known as Traverse City, MI. Currently, I live in Kalamazoo, MI, traditional lands of the Potawatomi.
I identify as an antiracist white Jewish queer non-binary femme person with Alopecia and invisible disabilities working to weave healing practices and spaces into social change work and educating and organizing healing arts and spiritual communities into participation in social change movement building. My work is based on the foundation that we live in a community with other beings and deepening our relationships can provide much support and interdependence. I believe authentic, mutually respectful, and healing relationships are our birthright and a natural way of being that we are often socialized away from in dominant culture. I believe community includes a constellation of nature spirits, animals, humans, ancestors of place and blood, and many other beings. My passion is to help nurture communal and personal balance, healing, and wellness by centering somatic (body-based) wisdom in/as resistance to systems of oppression.
I studied sociology and psychology at Kalamazoo College from 2000-2004 and began practicing Yoga in 2003 as a path toward spiritual healing and recovery from trauma and illness. I completed a 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training with Sandra Carden in 2006, a 200 hour training with Karina Mirsky in 2010 focused on East/West psychology, and a 300 hour training with my current teacher, Melissa Spamer, which centered around trauma-informed Yoga and Ayurveda for women's health and wellness. I am currently a professional Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in training at Dr. Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a modality that focuses on the impact of trauma on the body/mind/spirit and ways to resolve and heal it.
I've been leading group and private yoga practice for over ten years. I'm passionate about sharing practices and tools that counter common stress and survival responses and help rebalance the nervous system. I work with people to integrate generative and empowering spiritual and somatic practices into their daily life. I support my students and clients in listening to their body for their needs, desires, dreams, and inner resources, and transform trauma into restored aliveness, resilience, presence, connection, and awareness. I support my clients in being able to show up more fully and wholly as they/we create the world we all want and deserve.
I have 14 years experience working toward social change, which, along with my experience moving through the world with my complex matrix of identities, helps me understand how privilege and power operate. I understand the physical, psychological, and spiritual impact of trauma and oppression. I also understand the cycle of dehumanization and moral injury that comes with receiving and expecting unearned privilege and power in a society built upon a false hierarchy of human value. I believe healing ourselves is inseparable from healing our communities, our lineage, and our planet; and that in order to heal and embody liberation, we must examine and transform the social, political, and cultural context in which we exist. It is in this spirit that I am an Antiracism education facilitator with Crossroads Antiracism and a Healing Practitioner and Leadership Team member of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation initiative. I also serve on the board of Rootead, a non-profit dedicated to body awareness and birth justice. In 2016 I was a Joint Fellow at the Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership where I collaborated with Kama Tai Mitchell on a healing justice practice/space called, Movement for the Movement (see Classes and Workshops pages for info).
I am devotionally dedicated to embodying my own practice and healing, so I'm continually evolving and growing. I am honored to practice healing work with deep gratitude to my teachers, my ancestors, ascended masters, and the Divine Herself. My spiritual and somatic healing practices are rooted in the lineages of Trauma-informed Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Politicized Somatics, Somatic Experiencing, intersectional Anti-oppression work, modern dance and creative movement, intuitive channeling, and earth-based Jewish and multi-faith spiritual ritual that honors and celebrates the sacred Divine Feminine. I am blessed to work closely with intuitive healers and somatic coaches, Taya Shere, Vanissar Tarakali, Tada Hozumi, Melissa Spamer, Sage Hayes, Amy Brown, and Betty Segerdhal.
I invite my fellow non-South Asian students and colleagues to join me in practicing yoga and meditation with great respect, reverence, and cultural humility. To learn more about decolonizing yoga please read a piece I co-authored with Dr. Shreena Ghandi titled, Yoga & the Roots of Cultural Appropriation published by the Praxis Center in December 2017.