Yoga has had such a profound effect on my life and continually shapes how I live and my interactions and relationship with myself and others. I’ve been teaching yoga for over 16 years and my passion for it continually grows. I’ve taught Girl Scouts, middle schoolers, cancer patients, war veterans, domestic abuse survivors, and yogis of all shapes and sizes, from beginners to advanced. My ultimate happy place is somewhere with palm trees and ocean, bad cell service, and no A/C, where I’d go barefoot, garden, do lots of yoga, and walk everywhere. My husband and fur baby Shanti would be there too.
When I’m not teaching yoga or doing my own practice, I can be found hosting various workshops that support the yoga and wellness lifestyle. Past yoga workshops have included:
* Yoga & Meditation
* 7 Week Chakra Series
* Tapas- Setting Mindful Intentions (Instead of Resolutions) in the New Year
* Saucha- Spring Cleaning- Inside & Out
* Yoga & Crystals
* Yoga & Essential Oils
* Yoga, Mala Making & Brunch
* Conscious Eating
* My Body is My Temple
* The 8 Limbs of Yoga
* Yoga Nidra
I also do private/ semi-private yoga sessions and enjoy giving back by teaching and organizing yoga classes and events for charity and fundraising. In addition to yoga, I am also a hairdresser/ makeup artist and work out of a local salon three days a week. I also train a personal training client out of my home two mornings a week.
In January 2016 I completed a 200 hour Ashtanga/ Vinyasa Yoga Alliance approved teacher training in India with Tribe Yoga. (I had already been teaching yoga for 14 years.) This past October 2017 I was an assistant instructor on a 200 hour Hatha/Vinyasa training in Thailand with two of my instructors from India. I was responsible for teaching morning yoga classes, Sanskrit, Conscious Eating/ Conscious Living lessons, and supporting the instructors and students on the course in a variety of different ways over the month-long program.
Since coming home from Thailand, I signed up and am in the process of completing Yoga Anatomy Certification with Tiffany Cruickshank. My initial intention for doing this was to have more opportunities in the future to travel and teach on YTT's as the anatomy instructor. A more immediate benefit, however has been how my cueing and instruction in my classes has been positively influenced by what I am learning.
My longtime dream is to mesh together my love of yoga, my wanderlust, and the strong intrinsic calling I feel to give back and be of service to others. In April 2017 I got a taste of this when I traveled to Guatemala as the yoga and meditation instructor on a service retreat with the company Journey. The first two days of the trip were spent building homes for people living in slum conditions. The second half of the trip, at a different part of Guatemala, was for yoga, meditation, excursions and exploring and experiencing the local culture.
Connecting with the families we were helping and making a difference in the lives of these people was truly life-changing! That along with the ability to share my love of yoga and meditation with others in another country/culture was an experience that’s difficult to put into words.
This February I traveled again as the yoga and meditation instructor with this same company to Nicaragua, this time to refurbish a school in an underserved community. This trip for me was very different than my experience in Guatemala. We did a lot of painting and gardening, and the school got new playground equipment and flushing toilets! The kids were SO excited we were there and just wanted to play and help us in whatever way they could! While there I learned that the average child in Nicaragua attends only 5.9 years of school. Refurbishing their school makes them excited to attend, gives them pride in their school, and has been shown to increase the time they say in school! It made my heart sing to be a part of such a worthwhile cause, and I'm already anticipating next year's service trip...
Yoga reminds me to take life in stride, to accept things I can’t control, to not judge- myself or others, to lead with kindness and a loving heart, and to breathe.
I am so grateful to be able to share the gift of yoga with you!