Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher
I first started practicing yoga in my living room with VHS tapes as a teenager. At the time I was a competitive figure skater, and enjoyed the flexibility aspect of yoga. There was a lot of pressure and constant competition while skating and performing, and after 14 years, I was ready for a change. I decided to trade in my skates for a yoga mat!
Once I started practicing regularly, I was hooked. I quickly learned that yoga is about the Self, not about competing with others. Yoga transformed me in so many ways: It brought balance into my life, provided a stronger mind-body-spirit connection, and is an opportunity for continual growth.
After I developed my practice, I wanted to share my love and enthusiasm for yoga with others and become a teacher. I completed the 200-hour EFWA Program with Deanna Black in 2008. I am growing as a teacher everyday and hope to inspire others to bring yoga into their lives. I believe that once you have an open mind and heart, you can receive all of the wonderful physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. My classes are fun, energizing, vibrant, and have a dance-like vinyasa flow style.
Why yoga? Yoga is a sweet balance of hard and soft, effort and ease, trying and trusting, messy and beautiful. It's a practice that brings together two opposing qualities, and let's them coexists. We learn to feel a balance between strength and flexibility in our bodies, so we can understand a middle space between control and letting go in our lives....it's the same thing.
What makes you come alive? Being the mother of my two beautiful children makes me come alive. They teach me way more than I could ever teach them. They make me laugh, remind me to stay curious and ask questions, and constantly challenge me to use my imagination.
I also come alive while teaching yoga. I love creating an intelligent and creative experience through breath and movement for students come home into their bodies. It is an honor to hold space, and witness a physical and energetic shift as they soften and find peace within themselves. They also teach me way more then I could even teach them.
3 words to describe your teaching style: Graceful, hard & soft
Life before yoga: Yikes! I was anxious, insecure, uncertain, and worried way too much about what others thought of me. I was always pretty and flexible, but didn't understand strength until I started practicing.
Life After yoga: I am much more at peace with my messiness. I can make space for all of my feeling to exists, and trust that I am exactly where I need to be. I am better at trusting the process, and being open to the idea that the Universe may have a more creative plan for me. I see now that I am always a student and learning in public. My life is my practice. It's a practice of falling in...and falling out. Letting go...and starting again.
Yoga continues to teach me that spirituality is connecting to whatever moves my spirit. God/The Divine/Universe/Source/Spirit/nature/connection/love... is not something, but everything. Yoga is a ritualistic practice that reminds us that we are already whole and complete. We keep coming back to the mat to remember what we already know. It dissolves the illusion that we are separate, and shows us how connected we really are. Yoga is seeing LOVE everywhere.
Secret pleasure: Alone time (I'm an outgoing introvert), live music, Buddhism, traveling to new places, playing pretend with my kids, making playlists, spirituality/meditation podcasts, documentaries, coffee, avocado toast, Game of Thrones
What is in your backpack:
- A Yoga Journal magazine or book about yoga/meditation/spirituality/Buddhism. I always and never plan for my classes. I never plan, but am constantly learning and being inspired. I feel most like a student when I'm teaching.
- Almonds, because I'm always hungry
What impact do you want to leave on the world: I hope to encourage others to be authentic, and be brave enough to be themselves each day. Authenticity isn't something you have or don't have, but something you practice. We all have gift to share with each other.
If you had 4 legs & you were furry, what would you be? I would rather be a butterfly...wings remind me that I am free.
You are stuck on an island and can bring 3 things. What would they be? I struggled to answer this question, so I asked my kids...
My daughter suggested a sleeping bag, toothbrush and oatmeal.
My son suggested donuts, Batman shoes and a Superman toy.