When and how did you start practicing yoga?
I started practicing yoga in 2006 with my mom, just out of curiosity. I continued the practice off and on until 2012 when I moved to New Orleans. There was a small Iyengar studio right down the street from where I lived and this is where I truly fell in love with yoga and began a regular practice. I loved going and seeing the changes a constant practice made in my life. In 2013 I moved to Baton Rouge, La and continued with my yoga practice along with becoming a Licensed massage therapist. Through doing my massage training is when I realized I also wanted to do yoga teacher training, for a few reasons. To help protect my body, to provide clients with safe stretching and strengthening exercises, and to deepen my own practice. In 2015 I completed my 200 RYT at Yoga Path and begin teaching. I am still exploring and learning today and loving every minute.
How has it helped you grow as a person?
Yoga has helping me grow in so many ways. I have realized I am a much calmer and thoughtful person, even though I will always have to practice patience in some areas of life, yoga has taught me to just slow down and enjoy the journey. It has helped me grow into the person I am today. I am much more aware of my health and well being, spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Yoga has taught me to be comfortable being myself and to be ok when our life paths change. And it makes me want to help others find this too. It is such a wonderful life tool 🙂
What should students expect from your class?
The physical part of my yoga background was very focused on alignment and protecting the body, yet another huge part of it was knowing how to let yourself grow and become open to new things. So In my classes I tend to offer a couple of modifications for some of the main poses, and I love to encourage students to listen to their body and find the one thats right for them that day. However, I also like to encourage students to challenge themselves, so my hope is that students leave feeling a little stronger, but also relaxed and stretched. Lastly, I like to weave in a motivatioanal theme or intention into my classes usually something students can notice in their practice or take off the mat into their daily life.
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?
I know its not just one class, but I really like deep stretch, slow flow, and align and flow.
My favorite thing to do is take at least one deep stretch class and one either slow flow or align and flow class per week.The slow pace of deep stretch is something I know my body needs, yet I know I also need a little more physicalness in my asana practice so choosing to add one of the align and flow or slow flow classes with it is the perfect balance!
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
I love traveling, hiking and camping with my husband and two dogs. Exploring Charlotte and finding unique affordable date nights to do in and outside of the city. Really doing anything active and outside and meeting new people. I also really love learning about the body and health and wellness, so I am constantly persuing ways to further my education in the health field.