My yoga journey began in 2010 when I took my 13 year old little sister to a yoga class at the yoga studio closest to my home. I knew the minute I walked in the door that something very powerful was happening inside of those walls and I wanted to be a part of it. I felt like I had finally come home.
From that moment on, I have wholeheartedly engaged with the tools and techniques that yoga offers to help us all cultivate peace of mind and found that peace become a part of my experience. My life-one that had been riddled with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder and addiction was transformed powerfully by this practice.
My experience was so freeing that I wanted to offer my energy to helping others find the same, especially those who experience addiction. Living with addiction is akin to living in a cruel prison and can rob us of so much. Yoga empowers us to come into the present moment and us to create an inner harmony that eliminates our need to seek it from external sources. I went through teacher training in 2011 and have been sharing these ancient practices with others in recovery since mid-2011. I furthered my education by obtaining my PYT-500 (professional yoga therapist) from Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2013 and immediately enrolled in their 1000-hour yoga therapy internship.
I create transformational practices using body awareness, pranayama, mudras, meditation and asana. In my experience, the way I relate to what happens on the mat is the way I relate to what happens in my life. The postures are a place where we as individuals can learn to witness the habits that don’t serve us and create new, healthier ones. At times, my classes are physically demanding (while remaining accessible to beginners). This gives us the opportunity to feel what it is like to be challenged and work with responding calmly in a fully engaged and empowered manner. At other times, I design more gentle, flowing sequences in order to help my students relax and so they can practice softening their approach to life. An artfully lived life requires both of these: will and surrender.
My teaching and practice has been inspired by Eric Walrabenstein, Nikki Aiello, Laura Rankel, Rachel Albrecht Rossi, Connie Hozvicka, Maria KaliMa, Joseph and Lillian LePage and Nikki Myers. I am so grateful for all of my teachers and this life-giving practice and I look forward to sharing it with you!