There are two callings I’ve had my whole life: the call to be a mother and the call to be a writer. I think I started feeling these drawings before I could speak! My daughter’s carrying on the tradition with an obsessive love of all things baby and proudly announces at two years old: “I’m the Mama of the babies!” Presumably she means all babies everywhere!
But not so long after I could walk and talk in complete sentences, I felt pulled in my spirituality and religion, formalizing that desire after graduating from college by attending seminary. I received my formal, academic and ecumenical training at Yale Divinity School graduating with a masters degree in religion. I then attended the New Seminary where, after a two year program, I was ordained as an interfaith minister. You can find out more about the history of interfaith ideas and education at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.
At about the same time, I attended the yoga teacher training program at Kripalu Center in Lenox, Mass. During my years at seminary, I studied yoga intensively with a teacher who changed my life. Though I had been practicing formally for several years by then (and on and off since childhood), it was during this time that I felt yoga was--as much if not more--a ministry than any other form of it I’d come across. After a month long training at Kripalu, I immediately began teaching and have done so ever since. At one point, I taught 18 classes a week! If I was forced to have only one job (besides mothering), it would be teaching yoga, as it encompasses a rich, powerful spirituality, the joy of movement, the power of community, and is, in and of itself, a complete path to God.
Since my ordination in 2001, I have worked as a minister in a variety of ways. I’ve officiated dozens of weddings (often for my yoga students!), baby blessings and memorials. I’ve worked one-on-one as a spiritual counselor and for many years I served as the director of my own small, non-profit interfaith ministry holding regular meetings as well as publishing a quarterly newsletter with subscribers all over the country.
Hadley Yoga Studio. I continue to teach in the Kripalu tradition, a tradition in which I find a very happy home., my ministry work has directed itself much more naturally towards mothers. I teach a weekly Tuesday evening yoga class at the
I have been asked, probably more than once, how I can write an outrageously funny book about motherhood that opens with a treatise on the post partum vagina, while being a “person of God.” My favorite review of the book in Nantucket Today magazine, written by a gifted journalist Eliot Baker, synthesizes well the seemingly disparate parts of my personal and work life. I’m not sure if I know a better way to minister than humor. I feel blessed to be able to engage so many parts of myself, as a writer, mother, teacher, yogini, and spiritual seeker.
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