Yoga and Health
EDUCATION, EMBODIMENT, EMPOWERMENT
Cindy began practicing yoga in 1981 while enrolled at Touro Infirmary School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Her teacher – Alvina – suffered with a chronic illness and would have Cindy lead yoga classes in her place when she was ill. Cindy attended public and private yoga classes with Alvina in New Orleans, as well as weeklong retreats in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico from1981 until 1994.
In 1994 she completed a 200 hour teacher’s training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. She began teaching Yoga for Health and Stress Reduction in Pensacola, Florida. She led weekly classes, provided private instruction, spoke in the community and to groups of health care providers about the benefits of yoga and meditation.
In 1999, she left Pensacola, Florida with her husband and 3 year old son on an extended road trip across the U.S. while employed as a Travel Nurse.
In 2001 she and her family settled down in San Marcos, Texas where they were involved at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Cindy and her husband taught Godly Play and were children's ministry leaders. While at St. Marks they helped Father Bruce Wilson start the School of Wisdom which is still active in the community today. Cindy taught weekly yoga classes at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and introduced some of our local teachers to the practice of hatha yoga.
In 2007 she received an additional 300 hours of training as a Yoga Therapist at Ananda Seva in Santa Rosa, California. That year she started a 501C3 non-profit organization – Yoga and Health – and went on to create a therapeutic yoga program - The Foundations of Yoga Practice which provides entry into yoga practice for people who desire a more comprehensive approach and more detailed instruction than what is usually provided in public yoga classes. This program can be adapted for people or groups with health challenges. The program is also appropriate for a corporate yoga setting.
Cindy utilizes Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita as a road map on her spiritual journey; a guide to be referred to time and time again. Buddhist Vipassana meditation provides a strong foundation for her life, practice and teaching. She was initiated into Transcendental Meditation in 2010 and continues a daily formal practice. Her spirituality is also informed by her studies of the Abrahamic faiths with Dr. Lynn Bauman and the abbots and monks of the Oriental Orthodox Order in the West.
She has almost 40 years of nursing experience including critical care, emergency/trauma, labor/delivery, college health and as a clinical nursing instructor. She has taught Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum. Now retired from the dominant "western healthcare" paradigm Cindy is devoting her professional time and talent to further the mission of Yoga and Health.
Leisure time is spent reading science, philosophy, sacred texts and poetry from all faith traditions. She enjoys long distance bicycling, gardening, nature, art, music, cooking, hiking, camping and traveling. And most of all she loves spending time with her family and close friends.
Cindy brings all of her experience, wisdom and compassion into her yoga classes. She creates a healing environment and leads her student into an experience of health and wholeness.