Hello, Dear Reader! Thanks for your curiosity about me and my yoga path. I tried my first yoga class in 2002 and have been practicing ever since. In yoga, I found a way to experience my body in a way that had been closed to me since I left competitive gymnastics a decade earlier. I loved the movement, the poses, the exercise, the balance it brought to my sedentary life as a college student. Over time, my experience of yoga has evolved from the purely physical to include the mental and spiritual. Now, my yoga is a way of life. It teaches me how to exist as a human BE-ing. It shows me my limitations and how to build on them as strengths. It helps me recover myself. It expands my capacity for acceptance and forgiveness and compassion. I continue to be in awe of how working with the body can bring health and healing and happiness to the mind and the heart. Though I often fall short, I find that the more I practice, the more yoga extends throughout all aspects my life, and the more I am able to live with intention and from the soul. I am eternally grateful for this practice, for all my teachers, and for my opportunities to share yoga with others.
I grew into a yoga teacher in 2012, after a decade of personal practice. I have also been a teacher all my life—I even played “school” (rather than “house”) as a child! And while the what, how, and whom I teach has changed over time, my love of the teaching and learning process has remained constant. Sharing something I love and watching another human experience that moment of new understanding is one of the great joys of my life. Learning something new myself is another. I have lived in Portland, OR, Miami & Gainesville FL, Spartanburg, SC, Baton Rouge, LA, and now—Fairbanks, Alaska! I have longed to live in this place for as long as I can remember. I look forward to teaching and learning and practicing with you.
While I learn from each teacher I encounter, my most influential teachers thus far are: Phi Thuy Nguyen (student of Amrit Desai student of Babuji Ram Chandra), Peyton Fisher (student of Maureen Bosker student of Pattabhi Jois ), Melissa Montilla (student of Pattabhi Jois, Judith Lasater, BKS Iyengar), and Jordan Bloom (student of John Friend who shares the previously listed lineage).