Why New Spirit Yoga?

A new spirit is what lies at the heart of the gifts that yoga has brought to my life, and its ripple effect is endless. I am finding greater peace, joy, and health as my yoga practice deepens and expands, and as I grow in sharing it with others. I'm my best self when I keep my life in balance -- giving attention to my body, mind, and spirit. Through teaching yoga, I guide students toward better health, with the idea of building a strong body, sound mind, and a new spirit.


Yoga has helped me to feel better and walk more lightly on this earth, and it can do the same for you. I offer a warm, inviting, fun, and peaceful practice. You will leave class feeling much better than when you arrived! As you practice, you’ll gain a greater understanding of your own body and what it needs. If you can breathe, you can do yoga, especially with plenty of support and individual attention. Come experience the joy that yoga can bring to your life! Just as a lotus flower grows up through the dark and out into the light of the sun, struggling through mud to arise in all its beauty, yoga brings healing and renewal if you are open to receive.


Cybele Tomlinson, a yoga teacher in San Francisco, so clearly captured what yoga means to me when she said:

Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents 
our living in the most full and whole way. 
With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted 
-- in body, mind, and heart -- 
and how gradually to open and release these blockages. 
As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. 
We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. 
Our lives begin to flow -- or we begin to flow more in our lives.

I teach at the Yoga Center of Columbia, and offer limited private sessions in the Columbia and Ellicott City, MD area. Check out my schedule of classes, or call me to arrange for a private session.

Why Practice Yoga?


Sharing yoga is one of the great joys of my life! I’m so enthusiastic about it because I know the benefits – less pain in your body, more flexibility, more energy, added strength, better muscle tone, and improved balance. With a regular yoga practice, you’ll also manage stress better, improve your ability to focus, and breathe and sleep better. You'll learn how to be still, to check in with yourself, and how to find a sense of peace and welcome with yourself.


A teacher helps students learn healthy physical alignment, guides them toward listening to their own bodies, helps them tune into their breath, and encourages them on their unique path. Every flower opens at its own time and to its own degree, and so, I encourage students to be patient with themselves and consistent in their practice.

Public Classes, Individual Attention

I'm committed to giving my students individual attention. I often suggest pose modifications to meet a student’s specific needs, and we use lots of props to keep things comfortable. I explain and demonstrate all the poses first, then verbally lead the class through them. I guide and assist the students, as they work to their own abilities. I encourage them to always honor their bodies and be gentle with themselves. I emphasize proper alignment & safety. I keep it fun and real!


I offer both public and limited private sessions at the Yoga Center of Columbia. You’ll take the first step in improving your health and well-being when you begin a yoga practice.


Through my personal practice and the classes that I take and teach, my practice grows continually. I learn so much from my students!



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