How did you begin your yoga practice?
Although my practice began in the 90’s, it was mostly a physical practice until 2014 when running injuries led me to a hot yoga class at Soul Yoga Studio. It was at Soul where I found the magic in the stillness that nourished my soul and ability to be mindful, stay present and feel gratitude every day.
Why do you practice yoga?
Yoga allows me to give my body exactly what it needs on any given day as well growing spiritually impacting all areas of my life! Yoga brings a sense of peace and connectedness to my life even in the most difficult of times. Yoga is much more than a physical practice for me. It also is a path that allows me to do the inner work needed to evolve into the best version of myself.
Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I began my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Soul Yoga Studio under the guidance of Eva Whipple in February 2018. I am also an ACE certified group fitness instructor, Yoga Fit Kids certified and Flow Motion FITT Yoga instructor. I am forever grateful to all my instructors that have shared their shared their gift and will forever be a yoga student.
Why do you teach yoga?
Through mindful movement, and breathwork, I share with children and adults how the practice of yoga can lead to a more peaceful and happy life. Everyone needs a break from the stressors of their daily lives and I find my yoga mat is a safe fun space to cultivate that inner peace! I share this with others by creating carefully sequenced classes for all abilities which challenge students to find that balance of effort and ease so when they are out in the world they can approach struggles in life with a positive attitude.
What else do you do with your time?
A firm believer that our bodies are born to move, I love to run, swim, bike, camp, paddleboard and hike with friends and family! I especially like to connect with nature camping at Assateague and hiking in the mountains. Nothing gives me more pleasure than being with my teenage sons Shane and Seth and nurturing their interests as they grow.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
I love the challenge, childlike playfulness and feeling of strength from inversions and arm balances as well as the sweet release of pigeon.
How would you describe your classes?
My classes provide a safe non-judgmental space for mindful movement, breathwork, and playfulness to explore challenging postures and sequences while allowing time for stillness and reflection. I aim to leave students feeling relaxed, empowered and knowing how wildly capable they are!
Is there anything else you’d like to tell your students?
To anyone who thinks they can’t do yoga my motto is: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” Remember “Yoga is a practice not perfect!”