Terry discovered yoga philosophy during her high school years, and was introduced to yoga asana during physical training as a theatre major in college . In the following years, she practiced intermittently in New York City and environs. She came to a regular practice with Layne Clark in Pawling around 1998, and began to see progress with overcoming ongoing back and neck pain.
In 2005 Terry met Amy Pearce-Hayden and began practicing at The YogaScape in Holmes, NY. She was motivated to return to a regular practice despite the demands of a hectic work and home schedule. Learning for the first time the applications of the eight-limbed path of yoga, and inspired by Amy’s dynamic approach to yoga, Terry strove to go further with her physical practice than she had ever thought possible for her body. Physical obstacles began to release, and she felt an expansive growth in her flexibility, an increased stamina, and pleasure in doing a more strenuous practice. At TheYogaScape, the principals of yoga were discussed and incorporated into classes, introducing the idea of ‘living yoga off the mat.” In early 2006 Terry discovered breast cancer, and throughout the subsequent surgery and treatment received much support and inspiration from yoga. She resumed immediately with a gentle restorative practice and breath-work. “It was also at this time that the spiritual aspects of yoga became relevant in my life. Yoga is really responsible for keeping me sane throughout the whole ordeal. Once I came through it and felt my energy level returning, I decided to continue that spiritual exploration by enrolling in teacher training, as a sort of immersion recovery vehicle. During the 200 hour process, teaching as an option upon completion became a goal. “Yoga as a physical and spiritual practice has enriched and grounded my life. I have come to recognize the interconnectedness of all Beings. I can recognize yoga as present in every aspect of daily life, and am learning to integrate the philosophy on and off the mat. Yoga has allowed me to improve my attitude and outlook in life, and filled me with a purposeful goal to understand and accept the unchangeable in one’s life, and to work at changing the things that one can.