I fell in love with yoga while in college, however it was the catalyst of losing my dad suddenly at twenty-nine years old that prompted me to seek solace in committed daily asana practice. I am a graduate of Asheville Yoga Center’s 200 HR Teacher Training program along with AYC’s Classics of Yoga 300 HR program. My Yoga Alliance Designation is ERYT 500. As of August 2016 I have completed a MA in Mental Health Counseling. I practice psychotherapy as a resident at C2 Your Health with a focus on mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapies. I am grateful to have studied with Stephanie Keach, Michael Johnson & Stephanie Johnson, David Williams, Lillah Schwartz, Kristin Luna Ray and the good folks at the Cognitive Behavioral Center of Western North Carolina.
Yoga provides an opportunity to practice showing up. Each day I make it to my mat, even when I really don’t feel like it, I do my best to approach all my states and stages with joy, lovingkindness, compassion or at the very least equanimity. This discipline has helped me to show up unconditionally for myself and others in all areas of my life. When you discover something this powerful, the natural inclination is to want to share with others and so I teach. I’m inspired by the root texts of yoga, the power of mantra to bypass the mind and move the heart, and by anyone moving forward in the direction of their dreams in spite of fear.
My classes include exploration of yogic philosophy, guided meditation, pranayama, (breath work), asana, (postures), mantra and music and the freedom to discover your own flow. Expect to work hard in class with fun inspiring music, multiple ways to press against your edges, ample humor and thought provoking ideas to help you live your yoga on and off the mat.
I am a proud member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition and strive to create a welcoming space in my yoga classes for humans of all ages, shapes and cultural backgrounds to reconnect to the body with mindfulness and kindness.