L’ has dedicated her life to self-realization through the discovery of yoga, bodywork, meditations, nutrition, a rooted spiritual practice and internal cleansing. As a former gymnast, L’ experienced serious injuries stemming from the age of fourteen which allowed her to take a step back and heal her body. After finding little relief through more conventional care, she took it upon herself to find other means of recovery and positive embodiment. She suffered with bouts of anxiety and ‘unexplained muscle tension’ during this time. L’ discovered Ashtanga Yoga six years later and began to find relief physically, mentally, and emotionally. Since this young age, she has crafted a path that fosters her self-actualization…
Evolution rather than stagnation and process rather than mastery
Her educational background and life experience is as diverse as her teaching and healing style. She looks to the literature of Eckhart Tolle, Caroline Myss, Scott Peck, Chogyam Trungpa to inspire students and Dr. Ida P. Rolf for practical, centered knowledge. She has lived in the Southwest and on the West Coast for nearly two decades studying directly under Tias Little of Santa Fe, NM and The Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO where she was certified as a Structural Integrator. She had the rare opportunity of being Rolfed by one of Dr. Rolf’s hand select students, the late Peter Melchior, as well as studied directly under he, Neil Powers, David Davis and Liz Stewart. It was in New Mexico where she explored unconventional living structures such as adobes, yurts and kivas made with sustainable earthen materials—imbuing her practice with sensitivity toward the environment in which healing occurs.
L’ offers a rich understanding of the human form through her extensive and varied training. She has been facilitating body-mind education for over 20 years, including Ashtanga to Hatha yoga, to her most recent devoted design and teaching of RolfYoga. She brings her training as a Structural Integration Practitioner into her passion for yoga asana and its incredible healing qualities. She believes real magic can happen when one devotes every inch of their fiber to sustainable self-care. She approaches her work from a place of non-denominational, present, meditative spirituality. Her love of organic cuisine, natural medicine, and self-care tools are woven into the fabric of her work with clients.
L’ has returned to the Pittsburgh area where she lived as a young girl to share the knowledge and experience she has acquired from her years out west. Her myriad of endeavors have culminated in founding the Center – offering retreats, workshops, group consulting as well as RolfYoga classes and Structural Integration sessions. If you are new to self-care and healing, yoga or bodywork, L’ is a wonderful guide and resource for your journey. For those looking to transform gracefully thru the experience in healing, L’ provides subtle answers and intuitive diagnostic treatment with the nuts-and-bolts structure of her dynamic and insightful healing work. Currently L’ is authoring two books on the healing arts while learning new bodywork modalities to add to her offerings for clients.
Bodywork: 2005 Graduate of The Guild for Structural Integration receiving over 1,4oo hours of training. 580 hours in Integrative Massage Therapy. Instructors include: Peter Melchior, Neil Powers, Liz Stewart, David Davis and Nilce Silva. Intro Course to Craniosacral Biodynamics with Stillpoint in NYC and Recently, a certification process at The Barrel Institute for Visceral Manipulation.
Yoga: Tias Little primary teacher. Tim Miller 40 hour Ashtanga Teacher Training, Richard Freeman, Angela Farmer, Sean Tebor.
Ayurveda: Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. David Frawley Ayurveda workshops in Yoga and Ayurvedic principles
Watsu: The Aspen Meadows Aquatic Center Level one Watsu Practitioner
Nourishment: Macrobiotics with Paul Pitchford, Heartwood Institute workshops and seminars
Permaculture Studies: Esalen Institute workshop
Spiritual & Energetic: Gia Combs-Ramirez, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Sandra Ingerman private work
Special thanks to L’s mother for her endless support, dear sweet friends, her beloved west coast, sweet k9 companion Nuala and the many students and clients thru the years. Thank you!