I began practicing yoga in 1997 with a Rodney Yee VHS tape (thank you, Mr. Yee!) that I randomly decided to purchase, never having heard of yoga before.
My practice continued sporadically at home with VHS & DVDs until I became consistent & started practicing at a studio in 2013 as I sought a physical outlet to replace running.
When a yoga retreat in Nicaragua in 2014 changed my life, I began to experience yoga as more than physical.
The retreat helped me realize how unhappy I was & yet how I felt stuck in a life that I didn't remember choosing. Yoga helped me reconnect with myself & what I truly wanted & to remember that I am free to create my life. It was on this retreat that I learned to meditate & meditation has been my primary practice of yoga ever since for its life-changing effects.
I went home & took my first yoga teacher training & began the difficult process of leaving a job & relationship that hadn't been aligned for some time. Throughout, I overcame much conditioning & many inner & outer obstacles in order to leave the societally & parentally approved path to live my dream of living a simple life abroad that I still feel like I'm living each day. Yoga has also helped to free me from a past of anxiety & depression.
As such, out of a background of dabbling in marine biology, exercise physiology, zoology, microbiology, molecular biology, education, & wilderness therapy field guiding—to name a few things—yoga is the thing that has stuck.
It brings me more peace, contentment, & joy everyday during even the 'downs' as well as the 'ups' of life, & it continues to help me expand what I think is possible & get out of my own way—& this is what I wish to share with others!
I love surfing, the speed of slow honey, a simple life lived mostly outdoors, life/self experiments, & learning daily as a constant student & explorer of yoga & life.
I aim to help people advance their yoga practice by taking it off the mat & into their daily lives to become free from external & internal limits to realize their true nature.
I believe yoga is a self-psychology technology that changes our lives by shifting our identity & reality. When live our yoga, we engage with life through a new lens. This allows us to recognize & unwind our wounds so we can rest more in our true nature that is peaceful, joyful, fearless, & expansive.
I love to share yoga by combining my Western & Eastern trainings to create a blend of the modern Western scientific, psychological, physiological, therapeutic, & functional aspects of yoga with yoga’s more traditional holistic, spiritual, & energetic expressions.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
200h Vinyasa, Alignment-based, Boulder, CO, USA - Shannon Paige, Erin Colleen Keeley, Nafisa Ramos
300h Hatha, Kundalini, Restorative, Rishikesh, India - Yogrishi Vishvaketu, Eila Devi Buziak
6-Week Teaching Internship (English & Español), Colombia - Sierra Melcher, Andrew Singer
6-Month Embodiment Coaching Certification - Embodiment Unlimited
11-Day (100 hour) Vipassana Buddhist Meditation Course
50h Yoga & Life Coaching Training - Prem Robin Campbell
50h Yoga & Life Coaching Training - Becky Center
30h Yoga Anatomy w/ Therapeutic Emphasis - Joshua McGirk
25h Yoga Nidra - Lily Goncalves
20h Yin Yoga - Kate Lombardi
16h Transformative Yoga & Life Coaching - Lily Goncalves
12h Yoga History & Philosophy - Doug Keller
Reiki Level II - Megan Slattery
Thai Yoga Healing Massage - Shama Kern, Robert Gardner