When and how did you start practicing yoga?
I started practicing yoga at 16. I hated going to the gym and exercising all together, thanks to my mother’s suggestion, I checked out Bikram yoga at the only studio in Matthews. Needless to say I was hooked. I loved that it was a practice that I could explore without the judgement of others and with no rush to reach a finish line. I tried my best to keep up with my practice but it wasn’t until I moved to San Diego that I rediscovered my love of yoga and I began to practice daily.

How has it helped you grow as a person?
Yoga has taught me many things, but most of all it has helped me slow down and enjoy the process. It has taught me that the Universe has lessons for all of us at every turn, it is only a matter of tuning in to pay attention and learn from every experience.

What should students expect from your class?
My students should come with an open mind, there is no telling where a class might lead us, I take the energy from the people who are there to build a flow that is appropriate to the mood and needs of the group. I am not a very serious person, so expect to have some fun with your practice, laughter is always good!

Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?
My favorite is slow flow. I love knowing that I will be able to breathe and explore something new in every pose. I love that there are always options to turn it up a bit, if you need more or slow down a bit if you need to create more space.

What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
My other passion is cooking. It is my other therapy, and I love cooking for my loved ones more than anything. My other hobbies include refinishing furniture (mostly my own), cross-stitching, and spending time with my boyfriend, my friends and Flapjack, my dog.