I started practicing yoga during my first year university in 2003. Yoga was challenging in a way that I hadn’t experienced before. It revealed tension & imbalance that was stored from years of volleyball, vigorous gym workouts, and stress. My practice varied while I was an undergrad, but became an anchor for me as I worked through my master’s of science degree.
Although most of what I was practicing in yoga felt good, physically and emotionally, I also encountered poses that didn’t seem to fit my body. I experienced a pinched sciatic nerve and SI joint pain – which ignited my profound interest in the body, through the lens of yoga.
I completed my first teacher training in 2012 and haven’t stopped training since. To date, I have completed over 700 hours of teacher trainings and certifications. I am certified by Yoga Alliance as a 500-Hour RYT and am in the process of completing an additional 500-hour certification with Tiffany Cruikshank’s Yoga Medicine program. My studies with Tiffany have involved extensive training in anatomy and biomechanics with focussed modules on the hips, spine & shoulders. More recently I participated in an untreated cadaver dissection at the Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment with Todd Garcia.
My classes are taught as a guided exploration of the physical body as a way to understand and unpack the emotional effects of discomfort, pain, and stress. Each class is structured to provide safety and accessibility, as well as skillfully build a balanced foundation of physical and mental health. I hope to lead students to practice honestly with mindfulness and compassion.