When and how did you start practicing yoga?
I began practicing yoga to aid the aches and pains brought on by weightlifting in college cheerleading. When my athletic focus shifted I started teaching a variety of fitness classes at Appalachian State University, including yoga.
How has it helped you grow as a person?
Mindfulness can help us connect (and confront) our inner selves. Often times I realize the answers to my questions were already instilled within me. So many aspects of yoga apply to life – flexibility, mobility, and stability. My focus when I leave my mat is to bring that sense of peace, gratitude, and serenity off the mat.
What should students expect from your class?
Students can expect a fun, challenging flow. My classes are designed and inspired to promote playfulness and test the waters for new experiences.
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?
My favorite Be Yoga style truly depends on what my body needs that day. As a Pitta, I gravitate towards Powerful Flow classes. I have a lot of fire and energy that needs space to burn! On the other hand, my body sometimes calls to calm down and turn inward for the nurturing touch of a deep stretch class.
What element of yoga philosophy fascinates you the most?
(Ooops – think I gave this one away in my previous answer!) I’m fascinated by ayurvedic principles. Ayurveda is Sanskrit for “knowledge of life” and offers personalized ways to maintain wellness based off of one’s fundamental being. Healthy, Happy, Sexy – Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women by Katie Silcox is a light, fun “beach read” if you’re interested in beginning to learn about this intricate system.
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
I make an effort to always be mindful and continuously practice the spiritually aspect of yoga. When I’m not doing the asanas, I work full time in real estate. You can also find me enjoying the outdoors, teaching/practicing SUP yoga, and taking road trips whenever possible to the Outer Banks.