I don’t remember what brought me to my first yoga class, but I remember instantly feeling peaceful. I remember the smell, live flowers in a bowl and beautiful bronze statues. I also remember how aware I felt after class – how carefully my feet touched the ground, how new each movement felt, how cold the snowflakes melting on my face were.
And so I kept coming. I learned to listen to my body, to notice my breath, to move in a different, more mindful way. But most of all I loved how yoga made me feel – more aware, more centered, more balanced – an actual almost physical sense of center of balance, right around my solar plexus, that helped me through many life events. A lot have changed in my life over those 10 years – I moved countries and continents – but yoga has stayed my constant, my re-centering and re-balancing. Once I roll out my mat and my feet touch it, I know I’ve got this and I am going to be all right.
Like a lot of people I entered yoga teacher training at my local studio with intention to work on my own practice and figure this yoga thing once and for all. Pretty quickly I discovered that this is going to be a journey way longer than the span of a 200-hour course. What surprised me was how much I loved teaching – helping people get back into their bodies, and live more aware and balanced lives. I’ll never forget that moment when I helped a student get into the pigeon pose for the first time. The moment she sunk into it, she smiled and said “Oh, is this my body doing this? Well, hello, body!”
Further exploration of mind-body practices lead me to study several other modalities:
Thai massage: a wonderful practice that blends assisted yoga stretches, massage techniques and acupressure, aimed to work both the tired body and the stressed mind.
Ayurveda: the ancient wisdom of living the life of balance in harmony with our unique nature and our environment.
I am curious to see what’s next!
- 600H massage program through Denver Integrative Massage School, 2017;
- Ayurvedic health coach certification through Anna Apotheca, 2016.
- Thai yoga bodywork certification through Michael Sitzer, 2015;
- 200H vinyasa yoga teacher training at Sacred Thread Yoga, 2015;
- Ayurvedic therapies training with Sarah Kruse, 2018
- Ayurveda training with Matthew Remski (online), 2017;
- A Breath-centered Approach to Yoga Asana with Leslie Kaminoff, 2017.
- Prenatal yoga training with Amani Murray, 2015;
Currently working on
Currently working on
500H yoga certification through Yoga Medicine. Completed modules:
- Shoulder anatomy, disfunction, and application (25H),
- Anatomy for yoga teachers (20H),
- Yoga for athletes (25H),
- Yin yoga and meditation (60H),
- Internal medicine: nervous system and restorative yoga (60H),
- Traditional Chinese medicine (25H),
- Myofascial Release (60H)
What does Venet mean? It’s an old Italian word that sounds beautiful. It’s also my favorite color – grayish teal. And it has a story – “venet” was used to describe both the color of the water in the lagoon of Venice and the color of the sails that were put up so that the ship wouldn’t get noticed – the symbolism of natural reflected in manmade is beautiful on so many levels.