In April 1974, I resigned my position on the administrative staff of the Joint Hospitals of the University of Washington because of the rapid onset of crippling, painful symptoms of the auto-immune disease, rheumatoid arthritis. In 1975, following a year-long diagnostic process and several failed treatment efforts, I began the study, practice and application of “alternative” therapies.
My new interest in the traditional healing arts and sciences of ancient cultures began with a calling to the study of yoga. I very soon understood that traditional Chinese medicine and the Ayurvedic sciences of India would enhance both my studies and my newly adopted practices. Before long, I found myself immersed in the expanding human potential movement that began in the 1960s at Esalen Institute on California’s Big Sur coast.
This episode of crippling illness prepared me to accept the arrival of my teacher. My guru, Dr. Ramamurti S. Mishra, made his appearance in 1975 in treatises on yoga philosophy and translations of various classical texts and, years later, in person. In no particular sequence, I became familiar with the work of Edgar Cayce, Bernard Jensen, Paavo Airola, B.K.S. Iyengar, Ann Wigmore, Shizuko Yamamoto, Rudolph Steiner and many others. I have been certified in Swedish/ Esalen massage, various styles of shiatsu and acupressure, and Watsu.
My life stands as living testimony to the power of the body to heal and the power of yoga to guide and sustain the healing process. I am a 35 year survivor of chronic illness. Auto-immune studies conducted in 2005, show no evidence of rheumatoid arthritis nor the later diagnosed lupus erythematosis. My work as a teacher and therapist is informed and inspired by my own experience of healing.
Throughout this 35 year period, I have continued to work, to study, to grow. In 1983, I began to share my experience through the medium of touch in my massage practice. When students came to me in 1992, I realize that life had prepared me to become a teacher. I have been teaching yoga ever since. I am also available as a speaker and consultant on issues related to health and healing.
Oh! I forgot to mention: a good attitude, a great sense of humor and an open mind to all possibilities have helped me enormously.