I began practicing yoga during my husbands' 25 year military career. I found yoga to be a beautiful and much needed way to deal with the stresses of life. Practicing yoga regularly old habits, patterns, and doubts began to fade away, and were soon replaced by self-love and a deep appreciation for other human beings that I had never known before. As my practice continued to grow, I found myself drawn to meditation and a more mindful approach to yoga.
This has served me well over the years as I have wrestled with body image and self-worth issues that plague so many women of all ages. Yoga has brought me 'home' again and again to the beauty of my body and myself in each moment of every day. I no longer strive for 'perfection' (if there is such a thing), I find pleasure in living completely present and fully grounded in the juiciness and joy of life!
I know from my own experience that yoga is a healing practice with the ability to bring peace and well-being to all people, on and off the mat. I have a passion for empowering women to live a passion-filled life that they absolutely love! I believe in creating community and supporting women in fulfilling their most treasured dreams!
I love teaching meditation, gentle/restorative yoga, and therapeutic classes that are both accessible to all and uplifting. It is my mission to nurture greater self-love, peace, and well-being through yoga classes that are inclusive and inspiring!
My yoga story began more than 20 years ago. It started casually, as something new and fun to try with friends. Yoga became, as it tends to do, a much bigger journey than I ever would have imagined back then.
My daily practice continues to be a critical part of managing chronic pain from a back injury. Inspired by the relief that yoga brings me personally, I completed my teacher training program in Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2016. In 2018, I completed additional training in y4c (Yoga for Cancer) and children’s yoga.
I’m fueled by the belief that yoga is an amazing self-care tool to help us all heal, both physically and mentally. I'm passionate about making the poses work for the individual, and making yoga accessible for all bodies. I hope my classes bring you body awareness, a balance of stretch and strength, new ideas to take care of aches and pains in your daily life, and a feeling of being grounded and calm.
When I am not teaching yoga, you can find me working as a Speech-Language Pathologist, being a mom, reading, vegetarian cooking, kayaking, and generally trying to stay centered!
Many people come to yoga for recovery from injury or to find stillness and calm in their emotions and mind. For me, it was both. Multiple stress fractures from marathon running and the daily stresses of life guided me to try yoga as an alternative to keep my physical strength and begin to build emotional resilience. That was more than 20 years ago. From the first class, I was hooked.
Now, after completing my 200 hour Integrative Yoga Teacher Training, I understand yoga is about so much more. For me, it’s a relationship that is built between the body, mind and breath. When I practice and when I teach, I try to create balance, where stability and strength meets flexibility and flow! We use props, options and modifications, so everyone can find the right practice for their personal body. Sprinkling in a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration helps you deepen your practice. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.”