Phyllis has been involved in the Health and Wellness industry for over thirty years, with experience in group exercise, person training, education and management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with minor in psychology. She achieved certifications from American College of Sports Medicine, Cooper Institute (CIAR), American council on Exercise GX & PT, Pilates Powerhouse Institute, Power Pilates and Physical Mind, Yoga E-RYT 500, Zumba, Silver Sneakers and Barre. In 2021-22 adding Ayurveda Counseling.
Phyllis began her journey with personal training when it wasn't even thought of as a profession. After years of Training and observing client perform exercises with faulty body mechanics and posture, Phyllis was drawn to the Pilates method of conditioning. With an emphasis on posture and mechanics in her college studies it only made sense to follow a path of study that would aid clients to improve their function through well defined movement. She first studied with Power House Institute where she gained certifications to teach on all apparatus. To advance her study she gained a second mat certification with Power Pilates and certified in v-Barre in 2016. Her passion for teaching Pilates lead her to open her own studio, for 7 years. In 2018 she did a bridge program with Physical Mind institute with opportunity in mind to be a Pilates trainer.
Phyllis’s experience comes not only from the fitness field, but her professional experience carried over to the medical field. She worked in physical therapy where she taught back school and rehabilitative exercise to patients who were recovering from various orthopedic injury. This prompted her certification/endorsement as Orthopedic Exercise Specialist through ACE. She worked in Cardiac rehab and in a medical office of obstetrics and gynecology.
Adding to her list of credentials, Phyllis utilized her teacher education to teach for Collin County Community College for nine-year. She taught for the American Red Cross as CPR and first aid instructor over five years. Then she took a position as athletic/Fitness director for Stonebriar County club where she designed conditioning programs for golf, tennis, and general population of the members.
Phyllis journey in yoga began with a fitness certification from SCW- Fitness in 2003 when her instructor told her to get yoga certified! From then until 2010 she studies with various people one being Diane Long who was taught through the linage of Indra Devi and Vonda Scaravelli. In 2010 she expanded her yoga with Purple Lotus achieving RYT-200. Her love for yoga was heightened by her studies in eastern medicine, and influence in native American spiritual culture. She studied the work of various shamanic practitioners, as well as training in Healing Touch and Reiki levels of energy medicine.
She loves creating guided meditations in the form of story or imagery to draw her clients to a blissful place/ fining their samadhi (bliss). With requests from clients to share them. Her meditation are a combination of Christian, Eastern, Western philosophy with spiritual guidance using mantras, mudras, the four directions and spiritual guidance.
Therein her physical work evolved to a deeper level to heal in more than just the physical body. In 2018 she went through a Life Coach program and training to help others realize their dharma (life path/passion).
While continuing education is required by certification institutions, Phyllis has loved the education process. Adding to her credentials with CETI-Cancer Exercise Specialist. Cancer is a life changing experience one that often needs coaching, yoga, meditation.
Along with the education for self then came the desire to teach others, she was a presenter:
Fall of 2016 Dallas Mania convention “Yoga and Chakra”.
Spring of 2018- Dallas Yoga festival- Supported Yoga w/Stability Ball.
February 2020 - Bhakti festival - Yin Yoga, chakra's and meridians.
July 2021 - Holistic Festival of Life - Yin yoga and your Doshas.
As an E-RYT200 for over nine years in 2020 she achieved RYT- 300.
With an impeccable desire to teach yoga to its fullest and to train teachers in all aspects of YOGA she plans to open her own yoga school to train teachers in 200, 300 hour programs. For this designation YA requires a written manual that meets their standards and includes all philosophies of yoga. Then to further her studies she enrolled in Ayurveda School recognized under the guidance of National Ayurveda Medical Association.
Phyllis currently is a YACEP (yoga alliance continuing education provider) for Yin yoga, Biomechanics of Asana, Supported yoga w/ball. The later is a program she created, wrote manual which holds copyright.
Phyllis currently offers private yoga, meditation, healing and finding your Dharma. she offers online - zoom or in person sessions. She has a paid FB group where she posts weekly classes for members to participate in at their own time. She performs monthly meditations with moon cycles, or in nature with animals.
2022 - Yoga retreats, Yoga Teacher Training, spiritual retreats, Ayurveda counseling.
My best picture - with my daughter (L)