Also known as Mama Tee! Our resident studio mom! Tee will greet you w A 26 year state certified clinical massage therapist, she has a true understanding of human musculature and the anatomical body, the way it moves, bends, inserts and aligns. A graduate of our very own Yoga Peace Kula 200HR Yoga Teacher Training Program. Tee teaches here at Yoga Peace Kula as well as other studios throughout the Jersey Shore area. Yoga cast its spell on her in late 2014, when the darkness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder threatened to completely and entirely overtake her. A fall from a 12 ft ladder at her part time retail job resulted in a spinal and shoulder injury that left her unemployed and unable to work or really move. Opening the door to repressed memories, obesity, severe depression, a dependence on painkillers/ antidepressants and a sense of self loathing that induced suicidal thoughts nearly destroying her and her family. Practicing yoga & meditation allowed her to work through her challenges and difficulties in a healthy and mindful way, especially with the sudden untimely death of her husband in the spring of 2017. By focusing on herself and learning the practice she was able to overcome these challenges one by one..losing over 85 lbs through diet and exercise, weaning herself off ALL prescription medications and finally taking the necessary actions needed to face and work through the painful memories and feelings directly associated with her PTSD. Tee is a firm believer in the “live your yoga” philosophy, spreading the gift of yoga through kindness and gratitude.. on and off the mat! Living your absolute best life! free of judgement.. of yourself AND others, it is those core beliefs combined with her true passion and love for yoga that guide her teaching it is what inspired her to become a yoga instructor herself. Helping people learn to help and most important of all BELIEVE in themselves.. “Everything I've been through..every wonderful and horrible experience.. has brought me to this moment.. right now.. it's made me the woman I am today and I can finally love and be proud of myself for EXACTLY who and what I am! A gift that I am most grateful for!” She hopes that her students will learn to really discover, connect and use that amazing strength and light that lives within us all, to teach them to slow down.. Breathe.. And notice.. Notice The beauty of life..The beauty of family, ( in good and difficult times) The beauty and majesty of nature.. The beauty in pain and grief.. By telling her story and sharing her gifts Tee hopes hopes to inspire and empower her students to accept what they cannot control and to let go of the things they carry that hold them back and do not serve them in a healthy nor productive way. Taking Tees class will guarantee lots of movement.. meditation..great music.. a few laughs..and lots of fun! And if your lucky some amazing massage therapy based hands on assists! You will definitely leave her class feeling like a brand new you!