When and how did you start practicing yoga?
I began my yoga practice while in undergraduate at UNCC. I attended the Hatha Yoga classes at the Student Union for free. I loved the Hatha Yoga classes and they were a good balance for weight training and cycling. After undergraduate, I would take yoga classes whenever I had access to them through the Y or at a gym I attended.
How has it helped you grow as a person?
My practice has always helped me to stay grounded and centered. I began embracing the spirituality of yoga about 7 to 8 years ago when studying Ashtanga. Yoga has pretty much transformed how I see myself and my spirituality. It has allowed me to be present and mindful in the moment and given me a number of tools for dealing with life. Yoga has also helped me to balance my fitness goals with my spirituality goals, which had included decreasing my stress levels. It often surprises me how the principals of yoga can be applied to daily life, not just to my practice on the mat.
What should students expect from your classes?
My students can expect a fun and somewhat challenging class that will focus on breath and an easy flow from posture to posture. I like to focus on the mindfulness of being in each pose, and helping my students to move forward in their practice. “Finding your edge” can be fun, and playing with new poses is a great way to expand your skills and step outside of your comfort zone. I love to play with arm balances and inversions and encourage my students to find poses or flows that they really enjoy or find challenging.
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite and why?
I enjoy a Powerful Flow class. I started with Hatha Yoga years ago and then later transitioned to Vinyasa Flow. I spent several years doing Hot Vinyasa flow classes. I did my 200 hr Teacher Training in the Baptiste style and enjoyed the intensity of that training. I feel that the flow of a yoga class is like a moving meditation. I also enjoy Deep stretch, as a nice balance to more energetic flows. I try to attend a variety of classes so that I can keep my practice “fresh” and not confined in a certain style.
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
I enjoy photography, hiking, and certainly working in yard at my home. As a full time, counselor during the week and a part time Yoga Teacher on evenings and weekends, I strive to spend time with my friends and to keep a healthy social life going.