My Experience and Training
As a Renaissance Soul it took many years for my interests, talents and passions to come together. Following a long career as a professional recruiter for major corporations, I graduated from the Coaches Training Institute in 2000 and begin my coaching career. I have helped people of many walks of life overcome obstacles and move through transitions, find direction and purpose, and to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
In 2013 I became certified iRest practitioner. This training has expanded my ability to help individuals successfully address and heal a wide-range of issues including anxiety, insomnia, inter-personal conflict, physical ailments, and depression.
As an adjunct faculty of Harper College since 1997, I currently facilitate iRest meditation courses focused on relieving stress. Since 2001 I have been on the editorial staff of Yoga Chicago writing the Living in Sync column. I also author a regular newsletter/blog.
You are right on top of what people need to hear and have an inspiring way of informing and uplifting them. I guess that’s what Living in Sync means!
– Sharon Steffensen, Editor Yoga Chicago
I am president and co-founder of the Veterans Restorative Project, a not-for-profit organization offering free iRest meditation programs to veterans, their families and caregivers. (If you are a veteran or family member, or know someone who is, please visit our website www.VeteransRestorativeProject.org).
In a recent article I wrote about finding your keywords that describe the essence of what it means to be alive. The most important for me are: curiosity, creativity and compassion. Engaging these qualities helps me thrive, feel whole and on purpose.
My journey has been enriched with four decades of personal growth studies and the practice of yoga. I was a principle dancer for 20 years with the Near East Heritage Dance Theatre, under the direction of a movement and Internal Family Systems therapist. I co-facilitated Natural Chi Movement workshops with Tienko Ting for several years, and presented many programs incorporating movement to promote personal growth, health and well-being.
When I was 19 I began a quest and embarked on many journeys traveling to far-away places–in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. I chose a country, studied everything about it, created my itinerary and traveled there alone. I communed with the rich and the poor, established great friendships and learned so much about life and the world.
My deep curiosity and passion for learning and being creative is enhanced by being in nature, gardening, experiencing the arts, engaging in meditative movement and meditating. I am compassionately concerned about social and environmental issues, and especially relish being a good friend. Dancing Argentine tango in a wonderful dance community here in Chicago is another one of my passions!