Yoga has been a compliment to my life for nearly ten years. Originally drawn to the practice for stress relief, I quickly discovered it was the only form of ‘exercise’ that I really enjoyed.
The physical practice transformed me; I was healthier and more fit than ever, and found that I craved the feeling of complete release I felt after a vigorous class and lengthy savasana.
Compelled to share what I had grown to love with others, I received my 200-hour teaching certification from Lotus Gardens Yoga School in 2010. I had been teaching for just under two years when I began experiencing health problems – swollen joints and muscular pain that was eventually diagnosed as inflammatory autoimmune arthritis. As my body began to develop severe imbalances, I struggled with even the gentlest yoga practice.
Today, I am still seeking balance and healing; I have learned – slowly, and not always easily – how to evolve my physical asana practice to support the ever-changing needs of my body.
I wish to give students more than exercise and relaxation, but to impart a greater understanding of how to listen to, work with, and nourish our one human body. I encourage students to embrace imperfections and let go of any preconceived notions of what yoga should be, and rather let it unfold as an evolving dialogue between body and mind – a tool that opens us up to a better understanding of who we are, what we need, and – eventually – our greater purpose is in this life.