Education: B.A. Chemistry, St. Olaf College; M.S. & Ph.D. Food Science & Nutrition, University of Minnesota.
Certification: Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Aquatic Fitness Professional, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Aqua Zumba® Instructor, YMCA Healthy Lifestyle Principles & Foundations of Group Exercise, CPR, First Aid, AED, O2
Personal Bio: I have been a fitness instructor for more than 25 years. My love for water fitness grew from swimming competitively, starting in a YMCA program and continuing through college.
More recently, I have become a registered yoga instructor after completing 200 hours of training at a yoga studio in Mankato. I like what yoga brings to my life in the form of connecting breathing, mind, and body and in being more present in daily life. As a yoga instructor, I strive to bring that sense of connection and presence to class participants.
What I love about teaching group fitness classes at the Y is being part of the community that is created by each group. I see class participants greeting each other with smiles, handshakes, high fives, and hugs both in the pool and the fitness studio and elsewhere in the Y. My philosophy about exercise is that when we each feel good about ourselves as a result of exercise, we will spread that positive feeling to others.
In addition to the classes that I lead at the Y, I also teach yoga and water exercise classes in other venues in Austin and I teach food science, chemistry, and biology at Riverland Community College.