If I could give you a giant bear hug right now, I totally would.
Thanks for being here and taking a moment to get to know me a little better!
My yogic journey began in the golden year of 1996 when my mom (who also happens to be my #1 teacher) brought home a VHS entitled “E-I-E-I Yoga”. There was a farmer yoga instructor, kids doing yoga, and farm animals shouting out their very own reputable yoga poses. Cute, right? I was totally hooked. From that point on, yoga played varying roles in my life and although I may have veered from the path time to time, I always returned.
In 2017- two decades after my first introduction to yoga, I became a registered yoga teacher. I received my 200 hr training under Corey Wu of All Yoga: Thailand after concluding my Peace Corps service there. Becoming a yoga teacher has been one of the best decisions of my life to date.
Studying yoga, specifically Ashtanga Vinyasa (first developed by K. Pattabhi Jois ) has given me great insight into my own emotional wounds that needed healing. It has given me the tools to deal with my control issues and anxiety in a healthy way. Hallelujah!
I have learned that yoga is not only about the physical daily practice of beautiful and challenging poses; but also about mastering the mind, the breath, and the spirit.
Through my personal practice of poses (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation – I have become a calmer, more centered version of myself.
I have seen the storm clouds pass; because now I have the connection – to my mind, to my body, to this very moment as I write these words. And although I have learned a great deal in my journey thus far, I have so much left to learn. We are all students of life, right?
With every class I teach, I bring with me the tools to help others, to offer them a safe haven- where they can be themselves, where they can quiet their minds and connect to their bodies. I am merely a messenger to ignite the flame within my students souls. I approach every class the same. Whether I’m speeding things up in Ashtanga and Core Vinyasa or slowing things down in Slow Flow and restorative. Whether it’s a full class or one-on-one…my intention is always the same; to provide a positive, light-hearted experience and guide people into a better understanding of their whole beings and the ancient practice of yoga.
I wish to give every student the tools that have been passed down to me and many others; to help each of us live longer, fuller, and healthier lives.
Namastay freakin’ awesome!