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. When she became pregnant with her daughter in 2012, Colleen completed her 40-hour prenatal yoga training through 5 Points Yoga in Cambridge.
Colleen began practicing yoga in 1997, when she took her first hatha yoga class at the Himalyian Institute in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Her practice picked up speed a year later after she was in a head-on collision. It was this accident that catalyzed Colleen into studying yoga as a form of healing, transformation, and strengthening for the body, mind, and spirit.
In 1999, life took Colleen to California, where she studied multiple yoga disciplines, including Kali Ray Tri-yoga, Iyengar yoga, kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ashtanga, and vinyasa. Colleen is also influenced by the work of Shiva Rea and Dharma Mittra.
In her classes, Colleen seeks to create a sacred container for growth, transformation, flexibility, strength, and heart-centered connection to both self and community. 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 is a firm believer that “life is yoga, and yoga is life” and that we should take what we learn on the mat into our daily reality.
Colleen is also a singer, songwriter, and performing/recording artist. She often weaves music and mantra into her classes. She is also a certified massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and tantric educator.
Her greatest joy is being mother to her darling Aria, wife to her husband RJ, and doggie mama to 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.