"Quieting the mind allows the natural depth of the spirit to manifest."
-Ram Dass (from Polishing the Mirror, 2013)
Since 2001, yoga has been a means for me to discover and express the rhythms of my True Self. My asana practice (physical yoga practice) is only one branch of a much vaster practice that extends beyond the boundaries of my yoga mat. For me, yoga is a way of life. My formal yoga and meditation practices are methods for learning to be more compassionately present for all that I meet along my path.
As a student and guide of yoga, I realize that life is our greatest teacher. In order to share yoga from a place of authenticity, I use my most profound and sacred life lessons to inspire and shape my teaching. We all recognize that growth and awakening are not fully possible without the messiness of life--as Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, says, "No mud, no lotus." Our ability to grow, evolve and transform from experiences like grief, trauma, birth, death and love are the significant experiences and inspirations that deeply connect me with yoga. Through my dark nights of the soul, like grieving the deaths of my father and my daughter, or through heart-opening moments, like the joys of motherhood and self-discovery, yoga continually acts as a loving guide and sanctuary for my soul, teaching me to look deeply at the expansive and compassionate nature of the heart. Helping others connect with the unique truths and natural depths of their own heart is why I love teaching yoga.
My professional yoga teacher training, earning a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, as well as my personal life experiences have helped me be attuned to the mental, emotional, and physical needs of my students. Although I teach several styles of yoga, I specialize in trauma-informed yoga, which means I approach every yoga practice with an awareness of and sensitivity to the importance of creating a safe environment, reducing potential trauma-triggers, and actively practicing the yogic principle Ahimsa (non-harming) . Whether or not a student is a trauma survivor, a trauma-informed yoga class is important in empowering students to accept and connect with their bodies by making mindful choices about where they feel safe in their own practice. When we practice with self-compassion and kindness, the places within us that once felt disconnected or even broken begin to feel unified and whole.
I am a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with a passion for sharing yoga with others. Yoga is an ancient art and science with an endless supply of wisdom and information--I enjoy expanding my own knowledge and understanding of this ancient practice by continuing my education through additional training, mentorships, readings, as well as engaging in community with mindfulness practitioners of all backgrounds. I blend yogic philosophy, breath work, asanas (poses), and meditation in my yogic offerings. I lead private and group yoga classes, as well as specialized yoga workshops and continuing education training. Along with Robbie Michelle Short, I am co-director of the Moonbeam Yoga Teacher Training Program, which is a Yoga Alliance 200-hour Registered Yoga School. It is truly an honor to serve others through yoga...and I feel boundless gratitude for the many students and teachers who also help to nourish me.
Yoga Certifications & Training:
Yoga styles include: Beginner, Chair Yoga, Gentle, Prenatal/Postpartum, Restorative, Trauma-Informed, Vinyasa/Flow, Yin, Yoga Nidra (All levels welcome--prior experience NOT required)