Hi, I am a mother, freelance writer, ghostwriter, word lover, and friend.
I have studied and practiced yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, and decolonial approaches to contemplative expression. My interest in deep internal inquiry and potentials of human consciousness and creativity began when I was an introverted child. I write fiction, essays, poetry, and memoir. For fun, I play hang drum and piano. Completing a Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in East Asian Languages and Cultures proved to be an exciting and fulfilling time in my life. Through study of Chinese Language, I fell in love with the premodern ghoststory master, Pu Songling.
For years after completing my M.A., I taught English as a Second Language and Yoga. I have over 1,000 hours of training and experience as a yoga and meditation teacher, but I no longer teach yoga publically. I have created a conscious learning curriculum that helps yoga practitioners and writers to use the Ashtavakra Gita as a guide for their daily internal inquiry to gain self knowledge. This practice is called “Sestina Sadhana.” I am happy to share this creative journey with someone who is truly interested in serious, internal inquiry that uses both yoga and formal poetry for daily ritual of combining authentic humility with bold self expression.
Throughout the pandemic, I facilitated a weekly offering through the San Diego Writers Ink called “Meditate and Write Flash.” I still offer this experience for those who are curious. I enjoy combining meditation practices from a wide variety of wisdom traditions with the practice of writing because I feel that writing from a contemplative place gives an artist access to more expansive internal material than mearly writing from traumas stored in the unconscious mind.
Best of all, I am raising two daughters. They are brave, musical, funny, and wise. In all my life adventures, nothing tops hanging out with my daughters. Our favorite things to do together include reading, traveling to Chicago and Guangzhou, China (pre-pandemic) to visit grandparents, walking our dog (Homer), cooking, cleaning the kitchen, goofing off, watching movies, and playing a card game called “Tongue.”
Thank you for reading this blog.