How did you begin your yoga practice?
While training for triathlons, I came to practice yoga as a way of cross-training in order to prevent injuries and as a way of counteracting the demands which I was placing upon my body through training for three separate disciplines-swimming, biking, and running. I attended my first yoga class at the invitation of a friend five years ago, and it became a regular part of my self-care routine.
Why do you practice yoga?
Yoga helps me to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and to feel more centered. It is part of a healthy lifestyle and provides a way for me to be the best version of myself for my family and friends.
Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I received my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Soul Yoga Studio under the direction of Eva Whipple in October 2018.
Why do you teach yoga?
Teaching yoga has changed my own practice through the transformative energy of helping others to discover what yoga can do for them. I feel strongly that yoga can help anyone who is willing to be open to the discovery of a clearer self-awareness and to feel more fully alive. I teach yoga in order to share with others what yoga has done for me.
What else do you do with your time?
I have been an educator for the past seventeen years (thirteen years teaching 6 th grade ELA and 4 years as a Literacy Specialist). Teaching has always called to me. My greatest passion lies in caring for my family. My husband, daughter, son and three grandchildren bring me joy and help me to navigate the changing tides of life. Aside from yoga, I also enjoy cycling, running, and reading.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
My favorite pose is vrksasana or tree pose. I love the direct connection of tree pose to nature. The pose provides a great analogy for life-be open, balanced, and grow strong roots to sustain yourself through all kinds of weather.
How would you describe your classes?
My classes are grounded and thoughtful. They provide space for practitioners to connect with their own bodies and minds in a deeply relaxing atmosphere with opportunities to disconnect from the everyday stresses of life.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell your students?
I appreciate and enjoy hearing feedback.