Seeker. Student. Teacher.
A curious child, I came into the world asking "Why?"
The central theme of my life has been exploration. Of ideas, as a philosophy student. Of cultures, as a world traveler. Of adventures, in the backcountry of our National Wild Lands.
When an idea pulls me in, I have to follow the thread all the way down to see where it leads. I need to learn a thing from the roots to the branches.
In the exploration of books, countries, and landscapes, I learned a great deal about our planet, our potential,and our capacity for deep connection. Most of all, I learned a great deal about myself.
I wrestled my wild by feeding it. In the process I've made a great many mistakes, felt the highs and lows of success, struggle, chaos, love, and defeat. In all the wandering, I cultivated the capacity to be grounded in all things. I continue to work to meet people with as much authenticity, compassion, and gratitude as I can muster. This life is our great gift and opportunity.
To connect. To discover. To redefine.
May we never stop exploring.
I left one particular backcountry trip in Alaska wide open. Alaska has that way about it; you get beat by the outdoors only to be filled with divine inspiration and a reservoir of infinite strength.
Returning from that trip, I was introduced to the Sivananda yoga lineage by my now husband, Patrick. Sitting together in the rec room at our workplace, he chanted the Sivanada closing prayer which is series of Vedic mantras strung together, including the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra which asks that we be liberated from the fear of death. When I heard it, I felt as though it wasn't for the first time. It sunk deeply into my belly. The words felt etched in my bones, as if I'd been chanting them for a thousand lifetimes. From then on, I was hooked on yoga.
The Sivananda yoga lineage's blend of simple yoga postures, breathing practices, and devotional chanting resonated deeply with my curious, philosophical nature and became my daily practice. Overtime my natural athleticism and aforementioned curiosity led me to explore other lineages and styles of yoga.
After many years of dedicated practice, I took my first teacher training at The Mindful Body in San Francisco, where I became fascinated with the structure of the human body. I went on to intensively study Western Exercise Science, Anatomy, and Biomechanics as well as continued yoga training with some of the West's most senior yoga teachers including Chuck Miller, Peggy Orr, and Jason Crandell as well as assisting classes and events for Tony Briggs, MC YOGI, Amanda Giacomini, and Jason Crandell.
I consider myself a lifelong student of the discipline of yoga.
I am forever grateful to my teachers, and I am honored to carry on the tradition of sharing this rich practice. I believe that yoga is equal parts science and magic. The tools of practice when consistency applied can lead to greater balance, ease and contentment in daily living. Beyond that, sincere and open students will inevitably find treasures they never expected.
My yoga classes are precise yet playful, striking a balance between dynamic flow and sweet stillness. My job as a teacher is to share the tools of this practice with clarity and accessibility then create space for the yoga to happen. It’s our job as students to show up and listen, not simply to what a teacher is saying, but to what the yoga is trying to teach us.
I pride myself on making lasting connections with students.
I share as much as I can, whenever I can, wherever I can.
I've spent my life learning and I use all the tools I've picked up on the journey with my students.
My sincere hope is that my students out grow me because I've given them every tool in my tool box.
May this practice encourage you to listen to, find confidence in, and seek guidance from your greatest teacher, you.