My passions are teaching yoga, coaching runners, running long distance on trails, creating healthy food, communing with nature, and being a mom. I live in Bolton, Connecticut, USA with my husband Scott Livingston, and our two children. I am a 1997 graduate of Springfield College with a B.S. in Health and Fitness and a minor in Business Management. I am a 2001 graduate of the University of Connecticut with an M.S. in Fitness Management.
Yoga & Pilates
Since 2001, I have been a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher. I teach yoga at Big Sky Fitness in Vernon. I have worked in that building for over 20 years. I am certified by Child Light Yoga. I am a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) mat certified instructor with training in apparatis with the Physical Mind Institute. I offer yoga and Pilates instruction to adults and children at my home studio, at recreation departments, at gyms, and events.
I earned my Personal Trainer accreditation with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 2000, which I kept current until 2009. I am a member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. I offer fitness instruction at my home studio and at gyms.
I specialize in coaching trail runners, ultra runners, women athletes, mothers and youth. I am frequently sought out for advice on pregnancy and running, running as a new mother and instructing our youth. I am a certified United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy (UESCA) coach in ultra-running and running. I am a middle school XC coach and facilitate a local youth trail running program.
Since 1998, I have competed in trail running and ultrarunning events all over the world. I have run more than 100 ultras and more than 200 trail races. I specialize in tough technical courses with mountainous terrain. I was the New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series champion from 2001-2008. One of my favorite running highlights was breaking a 22 year-old course record by 13 minutes at the 2012 Laurel Highlands 70.5 miler (which was bested in 2016).
I graduated with honors in 2018 from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. I have been cooking and eating plant-based for over 25 years and it was time to take my passion to the next level.
Trail & Nature Lover
I am the President of the Bolton Land Trust and on the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club. I was president of the Shenipsit Striders running club for 9 years and was the Race Director of the Soapstone Mountain Trail Races for 17 years. I am currently the co-race director of the Bolton XC Summer Series since 2018.
I am the mom of two young children and understand the challenges of achieving a family/work/life balance. It is important that my children experience the outdoors on a daily basis and I love sharing my passions for sport, nature, travel, and healthy living. I was my son’s Cub Scout leader for 5 years. I coach middle school XC and I have taught children’s yoga.