Owner, Breathe, Los Gatos, 2010 – Present
Founder, Yoga Alliance accredited Joy of Yoga 200 and 500 Trainings
Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, Los Gatos, 2010 – Present
Worked with small groups of people suffering from chronic pain primarily from work related injuries.
Trained Psychotherapists and adolescent girls at La Europa Academy, Utah. 2008
Trained therapists to become yoga teachers over an eight month period, worked with the girls to develop healthy lifestyle choices through a regular yoga practice.
Director of Yoga Program at Reformation Studio, May 2008 – 2009.
- Run studio newsletter, faculty hiring and program development.
Teacher and Facilitator, Courtside Athletic Club, 2001– Present
- Currently teach Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Flow-based Vinyasa All Levels.
- Have taught Astanga, Yogic Conditioning, Yoga Boot camp, Pre and Post Natal Yoga, Baby-Mama Yoga, Kids’ Yoga
- Advise Group Exercise Director on hiring and direction of the program.
Teacher, Reformation Yoga Studio, 2008 – 2009
- Intermediate Vinyasa
Teacher and Facilitator, YAHOO!, 2000 – 2002
- Taught flow based classes and lead meditation and stress relief workshops.
Teacher, Willow Glen Yoga, 2000 – 2002
- All Levels Yoga
Teacher, Yoga Matrix, 2001 – 2002
- Power Yoga
Facilitator, Body Mind Conference, 2006
- The Meaning and Symbolism of Asana
- Introduction to Meditation
Facilitator, Taking Your Practice off the Mat, Courtside 2006
- Lead a course on applying yoga philosophy to every day living
Facilitator, Mountain Yoga, January 2004
- Eight week Introduction to Meditation Intensive
- Presenter, Meditation and Stress Relief Series
Created Yoga Therapy Program, Courtside Club 2006 – 2007
Individually tailored programs for a variety of physical issues alleviated through yoga. Experience has included alleviation of back pain, recovery to shoulder girdle after coma, breast cancer survivors, sleep disorders, recovery from sexual addiction, stage four breast cancers to simple postural correction and individually tailored programs to increase flexibility, strength and balance.
CERTIFICATIONS AND TEACHER TRAININGS
Certified through Yoga Alliance
Baptiste Power of Yoga 500 Hour Certification 2007
Rusty Wells Bhakti Yoga 100 hour Teacher Training 2007
Kofi Busia 110 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 2005
David Swenson 100 Hour Astanga Yoga Teacher Training 2003
Tias Little Yoga Beginning Level Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training 2003
Baptiste Power of Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training 2000
WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES
Yoga Journal Conference 2008
Yoga Therapy Conference Las Angeles, 2007
Ojai Yoga Crib, 2006
Jill Miller Abdominals and Hip Workshop 2007
Mind Body Conference, Santa Clara, 2006
Yoga Journal Conference 2006
Yoga Journal Conference 2004
Created and organized Yoga 108 Salutations to raise money for cancer research each October 2003 – 2007
Employee of the Month – November 2007
WAC Enhance People’s Lives Award 2007
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR 1995 – 2002
Designed curriculum and taught courses for courses in both the Computer and Video Imaging and General Studies Departments at Cogswell College, Sunnyvale CA 1995 – 2002
A cross-cultural and historical survey of some of the world’s myths, employing the perspectives of psychology, anthropology, and literary analysis to provide a greater understanding of the ways in which the themes and patterns of myth, folklore, epics and legends provide insights into individual human experience, as well as shapes national, regional and ethnic identities. Visual art, music and modern cinema will help us explore the levels in which ancient myths play a role in 21st century American society and appreciate the way that mythology interacts with artistic production.
This course teaches the art of storytelling and improvisational acting. Students become involved in individual story development and performance, both individually and in teams. Topics include the purpose of stories, traditional story structure, archetypes of character, character development fundamentals of visual storytelling and recurring themes in popular media. Students strengthen their oral and writing skills as well as gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the diverse world they live in.
Creativity and Content Development
Students study the role of creativity in being an artist and making art. Students expand their awareness of being artists by experiencing, practicing and understanding their relationship to themselves, others and the world. The class addresses personal creativity, its antecedents in history particularly history of visual communication and its expression in verbal and visual forms.
Special Topics in Multicultural Studies
Students participate in a research project that utilizes digital technology to document holidays from around the world. Often working in teams, students are required to research, document, create artwork, tell their own stories, interview people from other cultural backgrounds, and disseminate their information in a media specific to the assigned technology so their work is made available to others over the Internet.
Teaches principles of storyboarding and visual storytelling in film, animation, computer and video production. Topics include basic camera shots, traditional story structure, fundamentals of visual storytelling, storytelling techniques, character development, rendering techniques and storyboard presentation.
Introduced theories and applications of two-dimensional design including Adobe Photoshop as one of the design tools. Students developed an understanding of how design works and how we perceive visual languages, knowledge of the principles and elements of design, materials use and quality of creation, and understanding of the applications of design in a variety of media.
This course utilizes traditional media: drawing, painting, collage, poetry, etc. and translates the image via the computer. Output technique is a key component: either getting the work to print or creating a digital environment for the work to be viewed. Output could consist of paper, canvas, printmaking papers, or other large format work. It could also consist of the creation of an environment using printed or projected images. A performance environment/venue is determined, designed and created by the class for the final presentation of the work.
ADMINISTRATIVE PARTICIPATION AT COGSWELL COLLEGE
2002 Co-chair, Computer and Video Imaging Department
2000-2003 Assessment Coordinator
2001 Chair, Promotion Committee
2000-2001 Member, Personnel Manual Committee
1999, 2001 Member Curriculum Committee
1999 Member WASC Committee
1998-1999 Faculty Senate President
2001-2002 Faculty Senate President
1998-2000 Chair, Faculty Employment Manual Committee
1998 Faculty Senate Vice-President
1998 College Website Coordinator
ADDITIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1/98 and 10/98 Visiting Professor – La Salle College SIA, Singapore
Taught storytelling/storyboarding to 37 sophomore/junior level students and consulted senior level students on final projects. Also evaluated Cogwell’s Computer and Video Imaging program in relation to the international market needs and consulted members of the La Salle faculty.
This position worked closely with each member of the web development team to ensure the creation of highly functional information architecture, global branding and a site-wide design consistent with the vision of WholePeople.com. The position included design concept and management of implementation, consistency of branding, graphics acquisition for the entire site, and collaboration with the content editor. Wholepeople.com was sold to Gaiam.com.
1998-2001 World Calendar of Holidays and Festivals
Traveled to over 15 countries documenting in digital video festivals and holidays for an extensive database of over 1500 holidays.
12/99-03/00 Program Manager, WholeHeart.com a division of Wholepeople.com
Managed the editorial schedule for the site.
1/98 DCI Studios, Bombay India
Lead a one-week workshop to a group composed of 9 animators that produce graphics for commercials for Pillsbury and Pepsi-Cola.
09/89-06/92 John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA
MA in Art and Consciousness, Studio Specialization
09/86-06/87 University of California at Santa Cruz, CA
Post-Bachelor Teaching Certificate
09/80-06/85 University of California at Santa Cruz, CA
BFA in Art, Sculpture Specialization
1995 Calendar of Women Artists – Crossing Press
10/94 Yoga Journal
08/94 Quest Magazine
1994 Calendar of Women Artists – Crossing Press
03/94 Yoga Journal
02/94 Quest Magazine
12/93 Creation Spirituality Magazine
10/93 Yoga Journal
08/93 Psychology Today
04/93 Creation Spirituality Magazine
01/93 Magical Blend Magazine
06/95 Jungian Institute, San Francisco CA
03/95 Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, CA
03/95 John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA
08/93 Mill Valley Book Depot, Mill Valley CA
02/93 Santa Cruz Art Center, Santa Cruz, CA
11/92 Cleo’s Gallery and Cafe, San Francisco, CA
02/92 John F. Kennedy University Gallery, Orinda, CA
01/92 Oakland Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
08/00 John F. Kennedy University
04/00 Marin General Hospital
03/95 St. Johns Episcopal Church, Ross, CA
12/94 Marin Art Council 1994
04/94 Lumina Gallery, Taos New Mexico
03/93 The Branson School Gallery, Ross, CA
12/93 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA
10/93 Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley CA
08/93 Association for Transpersonal Psychology, Asilomar, CA
06/93 Center for Global Spirituality, Tiburon, CA
05/92 Mill Valley Art Festival, Flash Photo, Mill Valley, CA
03/92 First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, CA
05/90 Victor Fischer Gallery, Oakland, CA
Marin Art Council Grant – Interdisciplinary Award
Mill Valley Photography
Marin County Lenten Art Festival
Monterey County Sculpture
Dale Carnegie Achievements and Human Relations
COMMISSIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS
2001 Artist, Sharkbyte Competition, San Jose, CA
2001 Artist, Italian Street Painting Festival, San Rafael, CA
1997 Set Designer, Bay Area Theater Sports, San Francisco, CA
08/93 Muralist, Howe Street Plaza, Sacramento, CA
03/90-03/93 Commercial Artist, Chevy’s Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
08/87-04/89 Assistant to Sculptor, John De Andrea, Santa Cruz, CA
04/87 Sculpture Installation, Santa Cruz County Parks, CA