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Age with Strength and Grace

When we’re young, we don’t give our bodies a thought. They do as we wish, and all is well. It’s why watching kids play makes us smile. It helps us remember how it felt to be free and easy in our bodies. Thankfully, aging with strength and grace is how our bodies were designed. Most of the ailments we suffer from are lifestyle related. To feel good, we need to be proactive.

Vibrant health is my passion and for thirty years I’ve helped people feel better in their mind and body. I’ve been a Thai yoga therapist, raw food chef, organic gardener, and Pilates instructor. For fifteen years, I was a mindfulness-based, experiential psychotherapist.

The style of movement I teach is called Essentrics­®. It’s an age-reversing workout designed to restore and maintain joint mobility as well as muscle flexibility. It relieves pain while stimulating cells to boost energy and aliveness.

Plus, it’s fun! How often can you say that about a full body workout? The pace is slow with lots of cueing, which encourages body awareness. It’s ideal for those who’ve been leading a sedentary lifestyle or are new to exercise. My goal is to create a playful, warm, safe environment for you to get back on friendly terms with your body.  

This website is full of articles on what has influenced me over the years. I hope they’re helpful for you, too. 

New Class for Seniors

This is a special class for the senior population. The pace is slower with custom modifications to fit individual needs. It will help you gain flexibility and increase mobility in a gentle manner. Don’t just take my word for it. Read this article on Essentrics and healthy aging. Most of all, know that it’s never too late to liberate the body from limitation. The challenge is finding safe instruction that makes this possible.


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How to Jedi the Sh*t Out of Strength and Grace

How to Jedi the Sh*t Out of Strength and Grace

The myotatic reflex keeps muscles from snapping. When we reach the end of the stretch, we feel a slight bounce back. That’s the myotatic reflex signaling. To keep from triggering it, we move slowly, creeping in under the radar.

The Repair

The Repair

The ability to repair – be it your body or relationship – is a life skill. We’re not taught this. We’re a fast-paced culture that doesn’t encourage slowing down, but that’s exactly what healing demands.

Your Attention Was Stolen

Your Attention Was Stolen

Johann Hari’s book “Stolen Focus” is must-reading for parents, educators and anyone else who cares about the future. Our ability to be present is slipping away and it may not be what you’d expect.

Why I Still Don’t Own a Phone

Why I Still Don’t Own a Phone

Technology was suppose to make our lives easier, but all it’s really done is make our lives busier. We’re in the midst of a giant social experiment that our nervous system wasn’t designed to handle. We will, of course, because that is our nature. But at what cost?

Flexibility is the Fountain of Youth

Flexibility is the Fountain of Youth

Twenty minutes a day isn’t much effort to be rewarded with a strong, balanced body that uses energy efficiently and allows us to continue doing the things we love to do without pain or injury.