My first yoga experience was via a Rodney Yee VHS tape I checked out from the local library. I was a senior in high school, looking for an exercise video to help "get in shape" for prom. I'll never forget my first savasana, lying on the floor of my bedroom. Total relaxation. The nervousness, anxiety, and stress I had carried had vanished. The seeds of equanimity, mindfulness, and peace had been planted.
My practice was there for me in college - when I struggled with body image, stress, and depression. Through yoga, I felt more connected to myself and others, stronger in my body and my mind, and more open and accepting of life.
In 2010, I graduated with a degree in biology...a degree that I wasn't sure I wanted to pursue after all. At the suggestion of my boyfriend, I applied for Adventure Club, the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training through Rubber Soul Yoga in Athens, GA. Upon completing the program in December, I jumped right in and taught for about a year, until work commitments ate up the time I had to teach.
In 2013, my family and I moved to the Portland, OR area. By 2015, I found a wonderful location to resume teaching - the Wilsonville Parks & Recreation Department. I am so grateful to have taught at the Wilsonville Community Center these past few years and look forward to expanding my offerings in the Fall. View my class offerings here.
With a passion to share yoga with younger people, I completed the Kids Yoga Teacher Training at Sellwood Yoga in November 2017. In the summer of 2018, I taught a Family Yoga on the Farm series at Our Table Cooperative in Sherwood, OR. While sharing yoga with parents and their kids, I thought how wonderful it would be to share yoga with pregnant people...to give them the tools to feel better in their bodies while undergoing the magical journey of pregnancy. I completed the Bhaktishop Yoga Center's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2019 and am very excited to begin teaching prenatal yoga in the Fall of 2019! My goal is to add a Mama & Baby yoga class in 2020.
What's my teaching style? Well, it has evolved over the years and is continually evolving as I learn more and more about the practice, but generally, I love to move slowly in my yoga practice, lingering in the transitions and feeling the multitude of sensations within the body. I enjoy a deep awareness of my breath, and incorporating the many facets of the 8-limbed yoga practice. I love carefully selecting a theme for each class I teach. When I teach a series of classes, the theme is wonderfully strung from class to class throughout the duration of the session.
Aside from teaching yoga, I enjoy spending time with my family, being out in nature, cuddling with my cat, making eye pillows and other herbal creations, and being in my garden.