The facts: I love loud music. I enjoy a great dance party. My favorite color is blue. I was born and raised in Michigan, which I will always consider home. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a mini-schnauzer named Patrick Bateman (He's the studio mascot). I love to connect with others, to inspire and be inspired. I enjoy hiking, hanging with my family and am a bit obsessed with all things social media… want to be my friend? I love yoga and I love sharing things I love with other people. It is my mission to share yoga with others - as a means to elevate, educate, support and inspire those I teach to be true to themselves, have more fun and fulfill their wildest dreams. My classes are fun and playful, with a little edge!
The story: I got into some trouble as a teenager. This led to my desire to become a therapist. I completed my Master's in Clinical Psychology at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in 2005 with a focus on adolescent and substance abuse treatment. I started practicing yoga while working on my master’s thesis. All-nighters, minimal showers and an overall lack of self-care finally got me onto a yoga mat. I loved the practice - mostly because the music was awesome and the teachers were real people talking about real shit. I got into it and started taking classes regularly. Since then, I have completed two 200 teacher training programs through Yoga Shelter, level 1 yoga therapy through Loyola Marymount’s Yoga Therapy Rx program, and a 300 hour teacher training at Yoga Blend led by the amazingly awesome Christy Marsden.
After my first training in 2006 I got what it truly meant to be of service and felt a strong pull to spread the yoga love. I began my career working in the field of addiction, after attaining a license in advanced alcohol and drug counseling, as an inpatient and outpatient therapist at Brighton Center for Recovery where I began to integrate yoga into my work with patients. I found it to be extremely rewarding - hearing from several patients that yoga had changed their lives.
It was a dream of mine for years to open a yoga studio/wellness center - to serve as a space for community and connection. For several years I told myself it wasn’t possible, that it would take forever, that I couldn’t do it. I had a to do list that filled entire notebooks keeping me from living my dreams, expectations that were beyond impossible, resulting in an overall sense that I should stop trying all together. But, somewhere deep inside of me, I held on to the idea that if I let it, life could be good to me. After years of fighting an uphill battle trying to survive, I decided to let it be, to let the dreams come to me. They have. It worked. One Down Dog became more than just an idea, it became a reality! I can’t wait to see where this reality takes us and look forward to seeing you on the mat!