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Before I ever even knew what yoga was, it called to me. Before I ever even wanted a practice in my life, yoga was there, waiting for me. When I began my slow and inconsistent journey, yoga was patient. When I felt that I was never going to get anything from it, yoga came through for me with exactly what I needed. When I became confident and boastful about my practice, yoga challenged me in new ways and helped me feel humble. Whenever I need something, with faith, practice, and dedication, yoga delivers. As a teacher, my goal is simply to share the gift of yoga with everyone who wants it (and maybe even the people who don’t want it), and my wish is that yoga serves you in whatever way you need it to.
I first started practicing yoga as a seventeen-year-old in my living room. My practice deepened in college when I studied abroad in Guatemala where I discovered Ashtanga yoga at a small yoga studio near my home with my host family. Amidst the struggles, stress, uncertainties and fears of life - yoga gets me through and brings me back to the peace that is within myself. I soon realized I wanted to share this feeling and gift of yoga with others and the incredible healing, energizing, and soothing benefits that it offers. Through yoga I am able to combine my passion for helping people live a better life, and my knowledge of health and wellness. As a teacher, I enjoy giving students the opportunity to come to their mat and connect deeper with their body, mind and spirit. I offer an atmosphere to build awareness, embrace individuality, and connect to something on a greater level and see the world that is working with us, not against us.

In 1996 I found myself on a yoga mat for the very first time. As my life’s journey unfolded over the last twenty years I’ve left my mat quite a few times. Those times off my mat left me restless and unfocused and each time coming back to the mat allowed for balance and inner peace. As a massage therapist and Reiki master my journey has been full. My life’s work incorporates both the physical and spiritual, loving all things that bring us closer to the Divine. I love that yoga allows for both of these at a much deeper, more profound and personal level. I am grateful that my move to South West Florida has brought my yoga practice to my daily life. My intention is to practice yoga with anyone who is willing to join me in this deeply healing path that brings together all the powerful elements of body, mind and spirit both on and off the mat.

I am very blessed to have studied with extraordinary teachers and enjoy sharing the dynamic, living tradition of yoga with my students, as I grow into it in my own practice. My approach to yoga is fun, encouraging, and exploratory. I love to combine the spontaneity and intuitive feeling of moving with the breath with the integrity and deep self-knowledge that arises from an alignment-focused practice. Integrating elements of yoga philosophy and practical wisdom, ultimately I hope to guide students in a practice that leads to remembering that we are more than our physical bodies and that we are perfect as we are. If you are present and breathing, I can’t help but think you’re totally amazing, no matter what shape your body is making. I am honored by each student who practices with me and recognize you as my greatest teachers.

 

I have been a teacher for 23 years – almost half my life – of everything from driver education to middle school reading to golf to guitar to high school journalism to homeschooling an amazing 12-year-old daughter – and in November 2014 I became a certified yoga instructor.Yoga can be a powerful tool for clearing our path through this world – for being a non-judgmental observer, an active and joyous participant, and a shining light for others. I want to demonstrate that yoga can be practical and accessible, that it can ground you and elevate your senses of wonder and gratitude. My wish is that those who come to my classes feel that they can take their yoga off the mats and into their daily lives. And oh, yeah – let’s have fun in those classes, too! Because yoga has been such an incredible gift for my family, and I am delighted that I get to share that gift.

I started practicing yoga in 2010, and it has changed my life in so many ways. I have discovered a place deep inside myself that is always joyful, confident, content and at peace no matter what is happening in my life. It can be hard to hold on to these feelings when life gets crazy, but that is one of the reasons I will always continue to practice yoga. I have my bachelors in the science of health and wellness and have a strong passion for helping others find true health in their body, mind and spirit. Yoga is great for the physical body, but it is so much more. It also helps to create a more calm mind by, little by little, stilling the chaos and distractions .I’m so excited to be able to share my knowledge of yoga with others and possibly help others experience positive life changes as a result.
I'm a firm believer that the human body and mind is capable of great things through focus and awareness. I have a passion for helping individuals transcend and grow physically and mentally.
I am currently a trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a Registered Yoga Teacher. I have worked with individuals from youth and beginners, to high-level professional athletes. I am well rounded and knowledgeable in all areas of athletic performance and yoga.
I have been a yoga instructor since 2001. In my class, you move through breath by breath with a primary focus on personal insight as well as the body’s mechanics. Be authentic. Create your asanas (yoga postures) from where you are today. Yoga poses are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Spice it up by working with the breath and clear your space with meditation. Experience yourself with a sense of wholeness and completeness. As an instructor, I enjoy witnessing the student's deepening expansion of presence and hearing words like "That was just what I needed," after class.
I was first introduced to the practice of yoga in the fall of 2008. I found that yoga was an amazing way to reenergize physically, mentally, and emotionally. Throughout the first few years of my practice my life began to continually change for the better. Through yoga I found nourishment for my body, mind, and soul. In my yoga classes I try to give back the gifts that yoga has given to me. I offer a variety of modifications and amplifications for each pose, and encourage students to listen to their bodies while they discover their yoga. In class as well as in life I believe one should revel in the falling as well as the flying, it’s the ability to try something new and learn from it that allows us all to find and follow our dreams. I strive to teach my students to take their yoga off of their mats, and into the world, so that they can continue to discover peace and balance in all elements of existence!
My journey of yoga began with a desire to improve my range of motion. Little did I know that yoga would meet me where I was and offer me a most transformational journey. This new found joy lead me to teacher training at Yoga Bird and has blossomed into the desire to share the gift of yoga with others. My passion for helping individuals, coupled with my love of teaching both adults and children, fosters the creation of an accepting space that nourishes the body, mind and spirit.
I am delighted to share my practice of yoga in a way that honors each and every body and cultivates curiosity and a desire to take yoga off the mat and into our daily lives.
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