Nancy discovered yoga as an I.U. Bloomington art student in the mid ‘70’s, and it has been an integral part of her life ever since. Her main influences have been the Sivananda Yoga Ashrams where she studied and was on staff between 1986 and 1992 and where she earned her first 200 and 500 hour yoga teaching certifications, and Ashtanga Vinyasa where she was privileged to study directly under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Nancy has training in many other traditions as well. She studied in India for three months in 1995. Upon returning to her hometown of Indianapolis in 1997, after 12 years in south Florida growing her organic farm and on Maui for 5 years, Nancy helped establish the Indiana Yoga Association (IYA) and served on its Board of Directors.
Recognized as a pioneer in the Indianapolis yoga community, Nancy is the founder of All People Yoga Center and the creator of the teacher training program there, which she taught from 1999 through 2007.
Nancy earned her Yoga Therapist Certification in 2007 with Integrative Yoga Therapy of Brazil so she could help relieve suffering in those experiencing serious illness and injury, as well as in their care-partners. She then created Heartland Yoga Therapy, Inc., which provided yoga therapy services at the Indiana University Hospital, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana and elsewhere. Nancy now helps conduct yoga research at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Studies there include yoga for people with stroke injuries, traumatic brain injuries, fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes, and soon, post traumatic stress (PTSD).
Nancy encourages an open heart and present-moment mindfulness, sees the best in her students and seeks to empower each toward Self Realization.