Why does everyone keep telling me I need to do yoga? I’m not flexible enough. My back already hurts, I’ve had knee surgery. Everyone’s going to be looking at me and laugh. I don’t want to do that weird chanting hippie stuff. What the hell are chakras and why do I need to open them anyways? Any of these thoughts ever cross your mind? Then you’ve come to the right place.
I believe that yoga really is for everyone. Not every style will suit everyone, but there is a style, class, teacher, setting that will be just right for you. And if walking into a studio surrounded by a bunch of people that already know what they’re doing seems overwhelming, then a private session is a good place to start and get a handle on the lingo and basics. Or perhaps you’ve been to classes and are ready to take your practice to the next level - looking to fine tune alignment, learn inversions in a safe environment, and explore beyond what a drop-in class offers - diving into philosophy and meditation.
I’ve practiced and trained at many studios with many wonderful teachers, and pull inspiration from them all, always seeking more knowledge. My practice and as a result, my teaching is ever-changing as I keep learning. Just as your practice will grow as you evolve too. I have logged nearly 4,200 teaching hours from drop-in classes, private lessons, workshops, and events. Nearly 2,000 of those hours have been teaching teachers, leading trainings and continuing education courses. I’ve worked with thousands of students from brand new yogis to seasoned practitioners, people with injuries and disabilities, in styles ranging from restorative to power vinyasa classes, both heated and unheated. Due to the breadth of my education and teaching experience, I feel confident we can figure out a yoga regimen that will work for you - to feel good in body, mind, and spirit. Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you might have and I look forward to working with you! :)
Trainings and Modules Taught:
Hot Asana Yoga University 200hr, 500hr YTT
200hr Hot Vinyasa YTT
Reiki Level 1
Education & Focused Areas of Study:
Yax Yoga Concepts, 200hr YTT
Yoga Medicine, 500hr YTT
Yin & Meditation
Nervous System & Restorative Yoga
Spine - Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application
Shoulder - Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application
Hot Asana Yoga University, 500hr YTT
Hips - Standing & Seated Postures
Spine & Chakras
credentials & accolades:
E-ryt 200, ryt 500, yacep
over 4,000 teaching hours logged
Lululemon Legacy AMbassador
Featured yogi in why we breathe documentary
featured in ORIGIN Magazine “women who eat impossible for breakfast”
My Yoga Journey
I originally began practicing yoga just as a means to increase my flexibility. I took up skydiving in college and gravitated toward the discipline of freestyle, which is like dancing and acrobatics in the sky. Unfortunately, many years of competitive swimming had slowly tightened my body up. I knew that increasing my flexibility would assist greatly in achieving my skydiving goals. However, yoga soon became so much more than being stretchy and bendy. In addition to the physicality of yoga - the mental and spiritual benefits came to light - and it has since become an integral part of not just my skydiving career, but as a result my entire life.
If you asked me a few years ago, if I could ever see myself teaching yoga, I would’ve said no. I feel like a perpetual student, there is always still so much to learn. So how could I possibly be a teacher? But since graduating from Yax Yoga Concepts 200 Hour Vinyasa and Hot Yoga Teacher Training in 2011, I have been featured in the documentary Why We Breathe, am a Lululemon Legacy Ambassador, and was featured in ORIGIN Magazine as part of their "Women who eat impossible for breakfast" series.
I am currently pursuing my 500hr certification through Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank - already completing specialty training in the areas of Chinese Medicine, Myofascial Release, Spine, Yin, Meditation, and Internal Medicine. I am also a certified Reiki Master. As a result, my teaching style is a unique combination of all my skills and education. I offer a wide range of classes, accessible to everyone - from healing and meditative, to very challenging and dynamic - regardless if it's your first yoga class or you've been practicing for years. Join me for a private session customized entirely around your personal needs and goals.