I love yoga! I grew up playing sports, lifting weights, breaking lots of bones, and rarely stretching. In 2012 I took up rock climbing as my main source of exercise. I quickly started developing pains in my arms after each climbing session. A friend recommended I try yoga to help with my pain, and that is where it all started. I’m happy to say that I have never once had pains in my arms after climbing since I started practicing yoga. My hips also started to open up more, and I was finding more mobility on the wall. A year and a half later, I had to quit climbing for six months because of a wrist injury. Fortunately I was still able to practice yoga. And thus began a new relationship with yoga, with my body, and with myself.
I began practicing asana every day. In July 2015, after a couple months of travel, I found myself in Thailand at a teacher training with my favorite yogi in the world, Dice Iida-Klein, and his wife Briohny Smyth. I am a graduate of the Bryce 200 hour RYT training. I have been teaching since then and plan on doing so, in some capacity, for the rest of my life.
Coming from a sports background, strength is important to me. The Bryce training focuses on powerful flow with an emphasis on inversions and arm balances. I would consider myself an inversion junkie; I would rather be on my hands than on my feet. Now my goal is to maximize the time I am able to stay on those hands! Although I love to sweat when I practice, I feel that practicing mindfully, with attention to alignment is very important. Contrary to the powerful flow I like to practice and teach, my favorite style of yoga to practice is restorative yin. Learning to sit still for long periods of time and being very attentive to what is going on in my body has taught me much more about myself than I could have ever imagined.
I teach a playful and powerful flow that is focused on building strength. What I teach comes from what I am practicing. I like to sneak yin poses into the end of some of my classes, or at least encourage surrender and relaxation through use of props. If I’m going to practice hard, and/or ask you as a student to practice hard, I want to give our bodies some reward at the end (dessert if you would like to call it that). I want to help others develop strength and practice mindfully, without injury. But most importantly I want to help people connect movement with breathe and a genuine smile. If I can help people take this smile and breathe from their mats to their everyday lives, I am fulfilling my role as a teacher.