I took my first 90-minute yoga class in January 2013 and was hooked immediately. I had been searching for a style of yoga that tested my mind while finding an athletic routine I could maintain throughout my life. The power vinyasa flow combined with heat met my physical needs…freeing my mind was the next challenge.
Feeling overwhelmed navigating the system of special education for many years, yoga brought a ‘meditation in motion’ quality to my life that felt grounding amidst the internal chaos. The analogies of yoga off the mat meet me daily, especially using something as simple as breathing exercises to help me become less reactive. A new lightness began to resurface.
Six months later I enrolled in a teacher-training program with the intent to further my new practice. During a reading in savasana, I knew I wanted to share inspiration in my community. In April 2014, I graduated as a 200 RYT and have continued my yoga education covering multiple days of curriculum with emphasis on foundational alignment, assisting, and two weeklong intensives covering the multiple limbs of yoga, primarily asana and pranayama.
As I continued to learn, my practice and teaching have evolved in a more intentional and mindful way. When I am not on my mat, I spend my time researching trends for home and apparel, love exploring the outdoors with my husband, Kevin, and watching our daughter Riley gain independence at her new ‘college.’ I am grateful to share my passion in a community that is open to all abilities and styles of yoga, and share the enthusiasm of my practice in my classes, encouraging students to see their hidden strengths while challenging them to reach beyond their perceived limitations.