A: I’ve been working with the Himalayan Institute for a total of four years, and had the fortune of working in several roles in many departments here. I’m a 200 and 500 hour certified yoga teacher, who teaches at the Himalayan Institute and Yoga International in Honesdale. I love to cook, read, and dance (fun fact: I use to teach Jazzercise before moving to the Institute). I’m a quiet person who loves the idea of being a “minimalist.” Two things many of my friends here at the Institute know me for: ice cream and my love of internet cat pusheen (google it!).
Q: How did you find the Himalayan Institute?
A: My yoga teacher, Pamela Grubb, back in Wisconsin is certified through the Himalayan Institute, and I kept expressing interest in learning more about yoga and the Himalayan Tradition. She told me to visit the Institute, and so in August of 2009, I did a month long Self Transformation Program. I found that month so joyful, transformative, and inspiring. I knew I needed to find a way to be apart of an organization making a profound difference in people’s lives…including my own.
I knew I needed to find a way to be a part of an organization making a profound difference in people’s lives—including my own.
Q: What inspired you to join the community?
A: I liked the idea of being around like minded people. In fact, living in community seems to be a trend in my life having grown up with two career servicemen as parents. Both my parents served in the Navy for 42 years combined, and I had the benefit of growing up in a tight knit community based around service, dedication, and family. The Himalayan Institute shares those same values around a mission and tradition I believe in.
Q: What have you learned during your time here?
A: I hope this doesn’t come off as cliché, but the most important thing I’ve learned during my time at the Himalayan Institute is to believe I have the capacity and power to do anything I want in life. I’ve been handed tremendous opportunities both professionally and personally during my time here, and from those opportunities learned about myself in ways I hadn’t experienced before coming here. I feel confident that with hard work, determination, a strong (yoga and meditation) practice, and a little tenacity anything can be possible. Dream big and work hard everyday toward what you believe in.
Q: If there was one thing you could share about the Himalayan Institute, what would it be?
A: The Himalayan Institute is a place to learn, practice, and be around like-minded spiritual people. If you can come visit us, please do. See for yourself how you can be part of an organization that’s trying to make the world a better place.