The one thing that has helped me overcome being overweight most of my life is yoga. The self awareness, patience, and acceptance learned on the mat has taught me exactly why I always want to share this passion with everyone. Allowing people to understand that yoga is for every body, and how it can bring about peace into our heart and spirit, is why I continue to share & give back.
My greatest role models are my parents. They are the ultimate example of succeeding, failing, taking risks, repeat. The best gift they could have given me is the understanding of all ways you can give. Since my Dad's passing in 2011 I vowed to continue his legacy by including everyone and giving back to the community-whether we volunteer teach at schools or shelters, donate proceeds from blacklight Glow Yoga nights, or just surprise yogis with pop-up events as a Thank You for their support. The gift of yoga can impact someone more than we realize-what an amazing life tool it is!
Our daughter, Riley, was born prematurely on the one year anniversary of my Dad's passing. She is my ultimate teacher, and how life is so parallel to yoga. There's a reason our journey is the way it is; all the bumps that happen along the way-without these obstacles, sorrow, laughter & smiles we would not be in this very moment. Our energy and emotions each day directly affect our body. Practicing honesty and acceptance on and off the mat is one of the most challenging aspects, but is the way we continue to grow.
I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2003 with a degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science. In 2007 I had the opportunity to live in Las Vegas for two years which was the greatest lesson for my self practice...going away from my comfort zone and all I had ever known. Some of the classes that had such a major impact on me were from fellow Ambassador, Rachael Sellars. She once said, 'Yoga isnt' about touching your toes, its about touching each others hearts'. Those words are engrained in my soul, and I'm forever grateful for her teaching. I moved back home in 2009 to become the third owner of Barefoot Studio in Little Rock, Arkansas. One of my goals set at lululemon's Vision & Goals Workshop is to expand by opening two more studios within the next five years.