I discovered Sivananda yoga in the 70’s, Jivamukti yoga in the 80’s and became a yoga teacher in the 90’s, graduating from Yoga Mountain , of New City, N.Y. In 1998. I was nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2010. I was also certified in Level II Pilates Mat Instruction by Jonathan Urla. I taught yoga steadily for 15 years, as I was raising my son, and I taught yoga at his school. Soon I was enthralled with combining fairy tales with the yoga and I became busy teaching Fairy Tale Yoga at libraries, schools and I did workshops at Omega, the Institute for Holistic Studies in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, I became hooked on Ashtanga yoga and I’ve been doing a daily practice ever since.
Yoga has been the foundation of my life and has helped me to stay in shape for my costume-dance career. I developed a knack for weaving costumes of frogs, bugs and lizards out of basketry and I created shows and parades around them. My husband, Allynn Gooen, is a balloon theatre performer and we have traveled extensively, performing our shows at international theatre festivals, gardens and museums on five continents.
Now I teach yoga to children at the Hassenfeld Children’s Center, NYU’s Medical Center. I am there twice a week, dressed as a fairy, doing arts and crafts . We enjoy playful yoga with the families and it has been a magical and rewarding experience.
With our son out of college and on his own,my husband, Allynn and I took a 5 month trip thru India and Nepal. For me, it was a yoga dream. I was overjoyed to experience Ashtanga yoga at it’s home in Mysore, India, at the Ashtanga Research Institute. In addition to yoga, Allynn and I both took a course, while in Mysore,in leading past life healing regressions . In Nepal, at the Ananda Ashram, we learned the Bahir style of yoga and in Rishikesh we attended the International Yoga Festival at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram and while there we took a 12 day workshop in Kriya yoga.
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