I have tended to be a somewhat anxious person. A busybee, a perfectionist, a planner, trying to hold it all together—all the time. Let’s just say, it’s been hard for me to relax. And for a long time I didn’t have strong tools to help me balance these type-A traits of mine.
Until I took my first yoga class. I remember lying down in our final pose, and feeling something that I had never felt before—a sense of peace. It was like freedom, ease, and relaxation all in one. I left feeling clear in my mind, the chattering anxious thoughts had disappeared. I felt good in my body. And I was able to prioritize my work easily that day, and focus on what was important.
So, I kept going back. But, honestly, pretty inconsistently. I was busy, remember! So the benefits of my yoga classes came inconsistently as well (surprise!). It wasn’t until about 5 years later, when I committed to a daily yoga practice (along with weekly journaling and art-making) that I started to see BIG, lasting results. I had enrolled in a course at my college, the University of Florida, affiliated with Shands Hospital’s Arts in Medicine program. This weekly yoga/writing/art routine, along with the community I found in this class, began to transform my life.
I became less anxious, and my thoughts became more positive. I started to feel more consistently joyful, grateful, and confident. I was no longer just making it, from one task to the next, on my never-ending to-do list. I was enjoying my life. I made healthier choices more naturally. I could relax, and get things done with greater ease, and prioritize what was really important to me. I completed this course knowing that I wanted to teach people yoga and share what I had learned. I wanted to help people get off their to-do-list hamster wheel and start feeling healthier and happier.
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2006 and teaching since 2010. I design my classes, courses, and retreats to facilitate transformation for my clients--who often describe my teaching style as playful and nurturing yet strong. I specialize in helping mothers to feel good in their bodies, peace and clarity in their minds, confidence in their abilities, and connected with who they truly are.
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