I was in competitive gymnastics for 9 years. I also went out for diving, track and soccer in high school. But my happiest memories are when I was practicing on a 4" wide balance beam concentrating on every move, making it all look effortless. Extreme focus. Endless practice. Overcoming fear. Pure joy when I nailed my routine!
In 1979, my senior year of high school, I was recruited to be on the very first women's gymnastics team at the University of Missouri-Columbia. We were trailblazers for women's college athletics.
I learned to be very disciplined, resilient, and go at my own pace.
Trailblazer for Women.
After college, I kept on trailblazing and breaking down barriers for women ― in the workplace, in the tech industry, in my family juggling career and care giving, and now in midlife reinventing active aging.
A student first, I keep exploring and studying movement: focusing on Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi. I hope to inspire others to keep moving in creative and mindful ways, and to learn to practice on their own.
To me, accessible means multi-level with options, so that people from a variety of abilities can practice along side each other and move within their own safest range of motion.
Accessible also means affordable. Finances should never be a barrier to better health and wellness. All my public classes have flexible payment options, or they are FREE.
I create simple blended practices drawing from Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi.
Learning to practice on your own is the ultimate goal. I empower people with skills, so everyone can develop their own consistent and enjoyable home practice.
My classes nurture community connections on many levels. We have fun, make new friends, and support each other in our quest to keep movement and wellness a top priority!
Teaching since 2005.
Pilates & Dance Fitness