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 humbled and 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 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 again collide.
One day, in 2012, I woke up in excruciating, full body pain and unable to walk. Nine months later I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and my self-healing journey began again, only this time it was completely different. At the time, there was no consensus in the medical community about the cause, much less cure, for this illness.
With no answers from top medical experts, I knew I had to become an advocate for myself and my 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 the studio with the community I loved. As my body slowly healed, I began to catch a glimpse of the life that my illness had taken from me.
My efforts were paying off, and though still weakened by my condition, I needed 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 Center for Yoga & Health, and it was during this time that I would discover the truly transformative power of Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra, created and taught by Jennifer Reis.
Shortly after graduating as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, I was able to complete my Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher Training with Jennifer Reis.
Time after time, I have been called to explore the practice and teachings of yoga on ever deepening levels, and each time, I have been given a gift of healing.
I now guide yoga and Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra classes and workshops publicly, privately, and in the workplace. My practice has been a constant gift that I have watched spread into every area of my life. My own experience has taught me the power of making yoga accessible to everyone. I offer all-levels and gentle yoga classes as well as a monthly donation-only (pay what you can) class.
Yoga continues to teach me stillness, courage, and resiliency in the face of adversity, and I am truly grateful to be a conduit for its profound ability to heal the body and mind. My hope is you too will feel empowered to become your own teacher and healer.
200HR RYT®: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health's Yoga Yoga Teacher Training program (Yoganand Michael Carroll and Kristie Newhart)
Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra Teacher (Jennifer Reis)
Currently enrolled: 300HR Yoga Teacher Training program at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
First Aid, CPR & AED certified
travel photography by Heather Kanser
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