I truly believe that yoga is for everyone. The shapes we make with our bodies are just a small piece of a full yoga practice, and what the shape looks like on your body or my body is irrelevant compared to how we experience it on the inside. We are each born whole and perfect, and yoga is the path to remembering this simple truth.
I am passionate about helping others find optimum wellness on all levels by re-establishing a compassionate mind-body connection and developing healthy habits. True wellness begins when we rekindle our relationship to self: remembering how to listen to the body, or learning for the first time, we are able to come back into balance, heal, and set ourselves up for a life that enables us to thrive. The body’s natural inclination is to be in a state of balanced wellness, and the mind and spirit in a state of contentment. When this is the case, the rest of our life flourishes around us – our personal relationships are easier, decisions clearer, and stress lightened.
It is by learning how to listen and observe the body (and all that it tells us) with compassion and non-judgement that we begin to feel the physical and emotional spaces where healing is welcome and tension can be released. It is then that we experience the freedom to step into our fullest most true version of ourselves.
Because of this, the practice of yoga is a journey back to our center, of stripping away stories and habits that we have acquired along the way that hinder us. My journey into yoga began (as it does for many) purely as a physical (asana) practice. I spent most of my life from the time I was about eight years old through college studying and performing dance of various styles, so as an adult seeking a mind-body movement practice, vinyasa came naturally. Over the years, I found myself leaning more heavily into my yoga practice during difficult times in my life. Slowly it began to support me in new ways, emotionally and spiritually, in addition to physically maintaining my body. Feeling the true power that this whole practice – the entire 8 Limbs – holds, I committed to my 200 hour teacher training in 2016. Today I draw on my experience with Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow, my background in dance, as well as studies in yogic philosophy to create a holistic mind-body experience.
“Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory.”
— SRI K PATTABHI JOIS
Yoga Teacher Training – 300 Hours
Alignment-based Hatha training.
November – December 2018, Samatva Yogalaya, Rishikesh, India
Yoga Teacher Training – 200 Hours
Vinyasa flow training with a foundation in the Ashtanga Primary Series.
April 2016, Dristhi Yoga, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Integrated Movement Therapy Level 1 – Adults
Integrated Movement Therapy® is a holistic therapy approach developed by Molly Lannon Kenny, an experienced yoga teacher with a master’s degree in speech language pathology. It is an approach for people of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. IMT uses yoga’s philosophical, physical and spiritual framework in conjunction with conventional neurophysiological perspectives to address the challenges of being human, from depression and anxiety to degenerative conditions and life-threatening illness.
Many people who have benefited from IMT are just “regular” people needing some support as they move through a difficult time. No matter your age, your ability, your struggle, IMT can help you and facilitate your growth.
The IMT approach is based on three overarching philosophies: that the student is already perfect and whole, that the student and teacher are both unlimited in their abilities to heal, and that no part of the body/mind/spirit complex, and no part of the brain, works alone.
April 2018, Samarya Yoga, Seattle, WA
Lighting The Path – 55 Hours
A 6 month advanced yoga immersion exploring the teachings of yoga and their application to everyday life such that we may all foster a practice of compassionate self-inquiry, heightened self-awareness, and a greater degree of openness and clarity.
September 2017 – March 2018, Sword & Lotus, Seattle, WA
Theatre Arts – Bachelor of Arts
BA degree in Theatre Arts, with training and performance experience in Jazz and Modern Dance.
1998 – 2002, Willamette University, Salem, OR