When and how did you start practicing yoga?
During my undergraduate years, I was part of a feminist student group. We sponsored a week called “Love Your Body Week.” We invited a yoga instructor to provide a class for any interested students. This was the first time I stepped onto the mat. Two memories stayed with me after that class. The first was the intense, saturated feeling of the poses on my body. The second was the simple message of the practice: Just be here – yoga is a practice about being holistically present – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Even though it would be another year before I stepped onto the mat again, those memories stayed with me. That was in 2000. After 17 years and over 700 hours of formal teacher training, my personal yoga and yoga teaching has evolved many times over and today is a practice in pure self knowledge and acceptance.
How has it helped you grow as a person?
I think the biggest lesson I have learned from my yoga is how to get out of my head! Like many others, I struggle with overthinking, over worrying, and over analyzing. Unlike many other forms of movement, every yoga practice begins with time to ground – to pull that energy down into the body. I see yoga as a time to turn on the body’s innate ability to understand and comprehend what is happening in our lives. Our bodies are exceptionally intelligent. They experience our lives with us and can offer us powerful information about us and our world. We just need learn how to tune in.
What should students expect from your class?
While I was initially trained in vinyasa, the bulk of my training is steeped in the universal principals of alignment from Anusara Yoga. Thus, my students can expect to flow, learn, and hopefully laugh (laughing is my favorite!)
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?
Be Yoga has so many wonderful teachers and classes, it is so hard to choose!. However, my heart tends be extra full after leaving Allison Modafferi Brewster or Kelly Jackson Daniel’s classes.
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
I am in my 2nd year in Wingate University’s Physician Assistant program. Thus, much of my off-the-mat time is spent in the clinic or studying. Every other precious moment is spent with those who make me laugh and help me feel loved.