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I found yoga towards the end of my college career, at the point in my life I needed it the most. I attended my first teacher training in 2010 and began teaching in 2011. Over the years both my practice and my teachings continue to evolve as I study and practice this beautiful tradition. My intention for each of my classes is to hold space, to be fully present and to teach others to move and breathe in a mindful way. My classes incorporate breath work, flowing postures and meditation techniques to help reduce stress, increase energy and live a more balanced life. Each class is adapted to the needs of the individual students in attendance and modifications are given as needed. As a yoga instructor I strive to inspire others to live their best lives possible. Come practice with me to learn how to move, to flow, and let go.
To many, breathing may seem like a small, mundane part of life; but before finding yoga, remembering to rely on this rhythmic movement is what helped me get through some of life’s more challenging moments. It wasn’t until I found myself on the mat, however, that I came to realize the natural intelligence and powerful energy of my breath in my body. My world changed forever when I found the Shakti, or power, that had been woven into my breath all along. With time, the Universe soon lead me to Yoga Bird’s Teacher Training program, and I left with the understanding of how strong a purpose our breath has in our lives; it guides us to explore the much deeper layers of our Selves. Now, as a student of Yoga first and a teacher second, my intent is to continue learning from my students while offering a safe and compassionate space for anyone and everyone who is interested in exploring the beautiful tradition of yoga.
I first discovered yoga in 2009 as a high school student. Throughout college I would sporadically attend yoga classes, but it wasn’t until I moved to Florida from Louisville, Kentucky that my curiosity for yoga really started to deepen. I can remember so vividly one day sitting on my mat and thinking to myself “what does all of this mean?”. I continued to be curious for a couple more years, and then, with the encouragement of a dear friend who knows Yoga Bird well, I started the yoga teacher certification here. Now that I've received my certification, I teach yoga and other fitness classes to the senior population at a retirement community where I also offer personal training. With a background in Kinesiology, I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge of the human movement system with people that I encounter in classes and in private sessions. As a yoga teacher, I always consider myself a student first and a teacher second and I know I will continue to learn and grow with the support of Yoga Bird’s wonderful community.
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 began yoga as a method of stress relief. Through my practice, I have learned to tune-in and be more present in all aspects of life. I quickly became fascinated by the practice and the tradition, then soon decided that I wanted to share the gift of yoga and all the joy that it has brought to my life. My goal is to create a fun and safe environment for students to explore postures and tune in to their mind, body and spirit while knowing that they are perfect, just the way that they are.

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.
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