Through mindful sequences I will ask you to do things you never thought you could and will delight in watching you surprise yourself, no matter what your level of practice. You won’t know what’s coming yet you know you’re in safe hands as my encouraging and calming voice guide you through your yoga journey. I will meet you on the mat with a heart full of compassion and a smile. Be prepared to move, sweat, laugh, feel, and maybe even sing along from time to time.
With over 17 years of teaching experience my goal is to inspire my students to discover their brightest selves both on and off the mat. I teach an alignment-based vinyasa class inspired by everyday life experiences with well crafted playlists and hands on assists.
Often times, it’s said you need to have a dramatic story of how you found yoga. For me, it was simple. Yoga brought me an overwhelming sense of freedom in my whole being. Before yoga, I wasn’t sure what my purpose in life was and I had been searching. When I stepped on the mat, I knew this is what my purpose is. Nature had always been a part of my life. I grew up on a ranch and as a kid riding horses was my yoga. It gave me an overwhelming connection to my true self through time in nature with the horses, my breathing, and the movement.
It wasn’t until I found myself in the basement of a gym with a yoga mat when I found a similar experience, the connection to mySelf. I was an athlete so it was the physical piece that I fell in love with, but the inner peace was something that yoga gave which other activities did not.
I was fortunate to be guided by a handful of talented instructors whose knowledge and love of the practice inspired me to shift the current path I was on.
In 2004, I eventually made my way to Hawaii to study with Baron Baptiste and completed his Level One Teacher Training. Since then, the education kept on going with various workshops from Rolf Gates, Richard Miller, Rod Stryker, Kathryn Budig, Richard Miller, Tommy Rosen, Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, Shiva Rea, Desiree Rumbaugh, and many more. In 2014, I completed Playoga’s 50 hour Alignment Teacher Training with Becca Roodhuyzen.
Most recently, I became a certified Yoga Therapist. I completed the 300 hour Yoga Therapy Program through Inner Peace Yoga and continued on with the 800 hour certification through IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists). I hold a current 200 hour E-RYT and 500 hour RYT Yoga Alliance registrations. In addition to a regular home practice, I love to studio hop attending classes around town at home in Colorado Springs.
You can never get bored in yoga. There’s always something to learn, expand upon, deepen, or explore. Through consistent practice you can find freedom, freedom from our stories that hold us back and through this process together, you can smile, laugh, cry, fall, and celebrate. Shine Brightly!
Health and wellness have always been important to me and are a perfect compliment to yoga and the living the life of a yogi. During my time at CorePower Yoga I provided guidance with Wellness Cleanse, Nutrition Program, and Yogi Training where I coached, lectured, and inspired students on the topics of healthy lifestyle choices.
In 2010, I brought my experience to the Center of Creative Leadership, an organization dedicated to leadership education, research, and unparalleled expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations around the world. Here I serve as an adjunct for the Center’s Fitness for Leadership program, where I lead outdoor exercise modules, coach and consult with senior executives to make healthier lifestyle choices through fitness and diet.
I’ve also completed the Plant-Based Nutrition certification from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in partnership with eCornell.