Yoga was a part of my life long before I graduated from my first teacher training in 2017. My mother was my first teacher; showing me the power of the breath to calm and heal when I was only a child.
Yoga as healer was a theme that would continue to emerge as I grew older and began to experience more of life’s ups and downs: a deep love of travel, and scuba diving in particular, a lucrative career, marriage, injury, and a tremendous opportunity borne from intense suffering.
Along the way, I’ve been astounded by yoga’s enduring ability to offer peace and sanctuary.
After physical therapy for a shoulder injury in 2007, it was suggested I try practicing yoga as a way to continue to heal. My experience in that first class was more than I ever expected.
Little did I know, 5 years later, suffering and sanctuary would once again collide. In 2012, I woke up in excruciating, full body pain and unable to walk. Nine months later I received a diagnosis of severe fibromyalgia, and my self-healing journey began again. With no answers from top medical experts, I knew I had to become an advocate for myself and recovery.
Determined to regain the adventurous life I had before fibromyalgia, I spent the next 5 years practicing yoga and meditation at home, and when able, in a yoga studio with community. As my body slowly healed, I began to catch a glimpse of my true self and the life I was meant to live.
Although my efforts were paying off and still weakened by the condition, I wanted to know more. In 2017, I committed to fully immersing myself in the teachings and practice of yoga. I began my first teacher training through Kripalu School of Yoga. It was during this time that I first experienced the powerful practice of Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra, created and taught by Jennifer Reis.
Shortly after graduating as a RYT-200 from Kripalu School of Yoga, I completed the Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with Jennifer Reis.
Time after time, I am called to explore the practice and teachings of yoga on ever deepening levels. I now know the practice of yoga is instrumental in healing more than just the body. The journey all along has been discovering and connecting to my true self, to that which is within, and understanding the connection to all that is.
These experiences have taught me to share the teachings of yoga in an accessible way. I am also a life-long student. I am grateful to be able to share the practices of yoga learned from my teachers that have the ability to connect body, mind and spirit. My hope is that through these practices you will find connection, support and empowerment to become your own teacher and healer.
200HR RYT®: Kripalu Yoga Teacher at Kripalu School of Yoga (Yoganand Michael Carroll and Kristie Newhart)
Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher (Jennifer Reis)
Currently enrolled: 300HR Kripalu Advanced-Level Teacher Training at Kripalu School of Yoga.
Completed: Guiding Meditation & Advanced Asana for Transformational Yoga Teaching (Yoganand Michael Carroll and Michelle Dalbec)
First Aid, CPR & AED certified
yoga photography by Nick Cosky Photography
travel photography by Heather Kanser
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