I stumbled into my first yoga studio 12 years ago. I literally mean 'stumbled’ because after many years of pushing my body to do things that didn’t support it, I could no longer walk or run comfortably. Yoga was a last resort.
Yoga changed everything. It gave me instant community. It inspired me to start traveling. And most importantly, it shifted my relationship with my body. As someone who struggled with a serious eating disorder through high school and into my early 20’s, yoga was the only approach that made recovery less about forcing new behaviors and more about self-acceptance and love. It addressed healing from the inside out.
I completed my 200 hour training in 2010 under the guidance of Jenn Chiarelli and John Salisbury and started teaching yoga in 2011. I didn’t initially plan to teach, but given how good yoga had been to me, it felt like it was my responsibility to share the practice.
The first few years of teaching I was intimidated by anatomy. When students shared their injuries with me before class, I had no idea how to support them. This inspired me to start studying with Tiffany Cruikshank’s Yoga Medicine program. Yoga Medicine was where I had my first ‘ah ha’ anatomy moment. It made me understand anatomy conceptually (as opposed to simply memorizing bones & muscles) and it helped me realize knowledge can empower us to play a larger role in our health. For this reason, I absolutely love studying anatomy and sharing it through myofascia release workshops and teacher training programs (and I highly recommend Yoga Medicine to those interested in learning more).
Since my first training in 2010, I've completed my 500 hour training with Anahata Soul (a Phoenix based school of yoga that focuses on meditation and emphasizes the subtle, energetic body) and have also earned certifications on the Spine, Myofascia Release, Yoga Anatomy and Chinese Medicine with Yoga Medicine.
My classes focus on cultivating a light and positive environment, rooted in an understanding of both anatomy and balancing the energetic body. Classes are structured in a way that is open and suitable for all students. It is my greatest hope that through the challenge of the postures and calming breath, students are able to release into the place of infinite peace and love that awaits us all within, recognizing that both the body and mind come with the gift of unlimited potential.