I found yoga ten years ago while living in Seattle, Washington pursuing a degree in dietetics with emphasis on whole foods nutrition. While attending Bastyr University for my degree, I explored many different types of yoga in studios around the city, and found the common thread of a mind, body, spirit approach. This practice resonated with my passion of living and teaching a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
After graduating, my yoga practice continued to flourish, as I began working as a Registered Dietitian teaching whole foods nutrition cooking classes and seeing clients through the Providence Cancer Care Alliance. I found myself recommending yoga as part of a therapeutic diet and lifestyle plan to clients for everything including depression, physical exercise for weight loss, and increasing body awareness around food and nourishment. It was at this time I knew I wanted to take my yoga practice into the realm of teaching.
I am currently finishing my 200 hour teacher training at Rasa Center for Yoga and Wellness here in Southern Oregon. In my classes I want students in the modern world to be able to grasp the yoga practice for their specific needs, whether that be physical exercise focused on alignment, healing from injuries, or enhancing their spiritual connection.
I bring many different elements of my personal practice and experiences into classes, which embodies the spirit of the Iyengar and Krishnamacharya lineage. In my classes you will be encouraged to practice in a way that resonates with you, breath by breath. You will find classes to include a challenging and creative vinyasa flows to burn off the chaos from your daily life and enliven your spirit, followed by calming postures and meditation to ground the mind before stepping back out into the world. I encourage students to lead with their heart and be true to themselves every breath of their practice.
When I’m not in the studio practicing or teaching, you will find me outdoors moving in nature through mountain biking, hiking with my dogs, snowboarding, or at home cooking delicious and nutritious meals.
“In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.” ~Swami Vivekananda