Colleen received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in 2006, upon completion of a 4-week comprehensive training through the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Nassau Bahamas. Upon becoming pregnant with her daughter in 2012, Colleen received her 40 hour Pre-Natal Yoga training through 5 Points Yoga in Cambridge, MA.
Colleen’s practice of yoga began in 1997 when she took her first Hatha Yoga class at the Himalyian Institute in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Her practice began to propel a year later after she was in a head on collision. It was this accident that catalyzed her into studying yoga as a form of healing, transformation & strengthening for the body, mind & spirit.
In 1999, her journey took her to California where she studied multiple yoga disciplines. These included Kali Ray Tri-Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ashtanga, & Vinyasa Yoga Colleen is also influenced by the work of Shiva Rea &Dharma Mittra.
Colleen seeks to create a sacred container for growth, transformation, flexibility, strength, & heart centered connection to self & community in her classes. She truly believes that what comes up on the mat is a microcosm of what one is experiencing in the macrocosm of their everyday life. She believes “life is yoga, and yoga is life”, and to take what you learn on the mat into your daily reality.
Colleen is also a singer, songwriter, and devotional chant & recording artist. She often weaves music and mantra into her classes. She is also a Certified Massage Therapist, a Reiki practitioner, and a Tantric educator.
Her greatest joy is being mother to her darling Aria, wife to her husband RJ, and doggie mama to their dog, Bodhi. She is eternally grateful to all of the teachers on the path before her, and feels forever blessed for the gift of Yoga in her life.