My journey into yoga came during a pivotal turning point in my life. I was at the peak of independence as a recent college graduate and moving across the country to Colorado. Everything about this move represented bravery, change and growth. Soon afterwards, I was introduced to yoga and although I had always been fit and active, I found myself physically challenged like never before and began noticing a subtle shift inward. At this point in my life, I realized I wanted to help people find that same level of confidence and self- acceptance but had no idea teaching yoga would be in my future.
A couple of years later I started training to become a teacher and like life, my personal practice and teaching continue to evolve. My teaching style combines effective movement and alignment, balance and strength, flexibility and breath but above all, it promotes presence. I draw my experience from several styles practiced and/or studied over the past 15 years including Bikram, Hatha, Pre & Post Natal, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yoga Therapy. Over time, I have come to appreciate the changes in my body from age and injury, personal practice and teachings, and consider these lessons to be stepping stones leading me to my passion for helping people grow and heal.
I began my first teacher training in 2002, a 200-hour self-study program through Yoga Luna then found the Asheville Yoga Center where I took their Vinyasa Flow and Pre/Post Natal Yoga trainings. After a couple of years, teaching took back seat to my growing family and real estate career but yoga was still a regular part of my daily routine. It was 2011 when I decided I really wanted to be teaching again so I went head first into a 200-hour Ashtanga Yoga teacher training at Yoga North Atlanta and in 2012 opened my yoga studio, Cashiers Valley Fusion.
Soon following, issues in my own body coupled with frequent questions from students about their various ailments spurred my desire to know more about the therapeutics of yoga. In 2014 I began my 300-hour Yoga Therapy teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center and in that moment, my understanding and appreciation of yoga shifted.
As a yoga therapist, I am excited to offer students of all levels a safe place to practice, discover and grow in the body they live in today. Group classes and private sessions are an opportunity to teach the elements of the Eight Limbs of Yoga as a way to experience fulfillment, meaningfulness and purpose. Empowerment begins within!