My students are a constant source of inspiration. I am always trying to learn as much as I can to help them mindfully move their bodies while focusing on themes like compassion and playfulness. It makes my heart burst to see people make progress where they never thought possible. My own personal journey inspires my teaching style. I talk about playing and incorporate uncommon movements in the practice because I find that sometimes we adults take ourselves too seriously. I talk about anatomy so everyone leaves the class hopefully having learned something new, or reinforced something they already knew, about themselves. Finally, my mother inspires me to always do what I love.
Why I Practice
Unexpectedly, on May 1, 2012 to be exact, my life changed. A girl behind the wheel of the truck was texting and driving and completely totaled my car. I sustained significant injuries from the accident. They said my chances of survival were extremely unlikely. Long story short, I had a heart surgery and two pelvic reconstruction surgeries, stayed in the hospital for ten days, and was transferred to an inpatient rehabilitation facility and eventually released to go home. After all the excitement, I had to re-learn how to function. I began to notice how badly my body felt. My hips ached and my body was stiff. I had accepted this as my fate until the magical day I discovered yoga. The first day of class, I couldn’t even bend over to get anywhere near the full expression of a pose, but the idea that I might one day do so was thrilling. I've been practicing for 5 years now, and I love the feeling of mindfully moving my body to keep it healthy and mobile. The magic of my practice is as strong as ever, and I am SO in love.
Why I Teach
I wanted to make it my life’s work to help facilitate others' healing and/or journey to mobility because I understand the hardships and the frustrations of not feeling "enough." I have taught over 1,000 classes and I continue to believe becoming a yoga teacher was the best decision I ever made. By far the biggest reward from my love affair with yoga has been the moments when I witness a person find their way into their body. It is a beautiful thing to see a person, struggling with body awareness and acceptance, transform through yoga. My goal in this lifetime is to show people that yoga (or movement in general) is for everybody in every body.