I knew I was home from the first time I placed my hands on my yoga mat. From that point, my journey of exploration began. Teaching found me by “accident”, when I attended my regular Ashtanga Yoga class, and there was no instructor to lead. With a bit of encouragement from my fellow yoga peers, I stepped in. Though nervous during this experience, the high I felt from sharing my practice with others was huge. My teaching journey continued on… I started teaching yoga in 1999, to a small intimate group of yogis. In 2001, my formal training began at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, Baptiste Power VinyasaYoga, Levels 1 & 2, and more recently, Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga. Aside from my, “yoga training”, my most profound teacher is life itself. My family, experiences, opportunities, and the beautiful people in my life are my guide. My personal practice has changed from the intensity of any set style and has turned more inward, honing a strong flow that is attentive to the body in motion and grounding stability from our deep core. I teach to who comes to my class and draw inspiration from my own personal practice and share that with others.
I am a total free spirit from Seattle, and am naturally drawn to not following an agenda. My style is creative while being inclusive of student’s needs. My goal is to create a space for students to explore where they are in their practice. In class, the foundation is laid by breath work as a metric to follow. We explore meditation, core work, and dynamic sequencing that cultivate a deeper sense of connectedness, or inner dristhi. There is always a focus on core work as I believe it is the epicenter of our body and direct link to inner work. I draw from my own experience in my practice with the gifts of knowledge I have learned in the form of personal insight and life experience. This creates engaging, yet strong classes that unlock stuck energy & blocks in the body & mind. I encourage all to honor our own inner teacher during practice, as this is the true guide. The teacher is what happens in our life and we dive in to do the work on our mats. This is yoga. My only goal is that we share our yoga experience in our lives off the mat and that we continue to practice to develop an ongoing deeper sense of awareness.
I am passionate about sharing my experience of yoga through workshops: Shakti Vinyasa Yoga- Seattle, Amazing Yoga- Pittsburgh, Etowah Valley Yoga Center- Cartersville, Ga, Be Yoga- Marietta, Ga, Ember Hot Yoga- Woodstock, Ga, & Savannah Yoga Center, as well as CrossFit Gyms in Georgia. I embrace karma yoga and actively share my time by leading community classes, Private Yoga mentor, guest instructor at Core Body Works Yoga Teacher Training Program, and Drumstrong Ultra Yogathon, Charlotte, NC.