I began practicing yoga over a decade ago. When I first started I was probably most concerned with challenging myself physically, trying to get into complicated poses, and seeing how much sweat I could produce in 90 minutes. Somewhere along the line though, I began to realize my yoga practice was more than simply a physical workout. I came to an understanding that yoga was the action that connected me, rooted me, and then allowed me to grow.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to study with some of the best instructors Austin has to offer, as well as international teachers. While I began my yoga practice in Bikram, Vinyasa, and Baptiste Power yoga classes, my practice has shifted over the years.
In 2011 I found myself in a state of disarray. My stress level was through the roof, I had a short fuse, and I was experiencing panic attacks; I felt like I was living in someone else’s body. I had always turned to yoga as a way to manage my mental wellbeing, but my active yoga practice was not quite taking me down from the edge during this time. I needed something to give…and then it did.
In the summer of 2012 I got my 200 hour yoga certification and what began as a fitness routine, suddenly shifted to a routine of self-care. I went on to get my Relax & Renew certification with Judith Hanson Lasater and assist her in her Restorative training in Austin. The beauty of stillness and rest offered renewed balance to my more active practice and my life. After experiencing symptoms of dis-ease and difficulty, I found tools that allowed me to thrive more than just survive.
In 2013 I completed a yearlong program with Warriors at Ease and began teaching yoga to military widows through the American Widow Project as well as offering a weekly class at the Austin Vet Center. It is such an honor to work with those who have served our country and sacrificed a great deal. They remind me to be grateful, to live in the moment, and to love fearlessly.
It is my great interest to share the practice of yoga through a combination of Vinny Yoga, Yin, and Restorative practices, along with meditation. My intention as a yoga teacher is to offer tools that help students connect to their own inner resource, enhance personal resilience, and empower them to regulate their body, mind, and spirit through awareness and self-care.