I started practicing yoga in 2009 after realizing that trying to maintain control of my life as I thought it should be wasn't working. When things started falling apart, my friends (and yoga teachers), Doug Geiger and Linda Setter, convinced me to give yoga a try, and it's been a forward journey since! In fact, yoga has helped me realize that I am never in control of anything! Having practiced for several years now, I continue to let go of more and more conditioning, and am aware that everything is unfolding in God's perfect timing - not mine! My job is to continue to surrender to what is in every moment, giving constant permission for healing and happiness, and trusting in the flow of Life.
As I show up on my mat, there's a growing stillness that cannot be shaken by whatever seems to be happening in life. There's much peace that comes with allowing everything to be just as it is in this moment, and I'm so grateful to be able to share the gift of yoga with others so that we can all bask in its miracles!
In 2012, I traveled to Santa Barbara, California to study with world-renowned teachers Ganga White and Tracey Rich of the White Lotus Foundation, where I earned my 200 hour teacher training certification. I then volunteered and have been teaching ever since. In 2015, I attended a yoga retreat at Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana with Erich Schiffmann, another world-renowned yoga master, which renewed my vow to spread this beautiful teaching out in the world! And in 2017, I attended yet another fantastic retreat with Baxter Bell MD and Melina Meza, who helped further uncover the wellspring of joy and balance that's available to us all!
Then in 2019, I decided to immerse myself in the study of Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation, which completely compliments yoga and meditation, and offers a one-to-one approach promoting healing. In December of that year, I received my attunement through Anna Twinney, a Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master at the Reach Out Ranch in Elizabeth, Colorado.
In addition to facilitating yoga classes in the community, I have also volunteered at Calder Centre to assist those seeking recovery from addictions to develop healthier ways of being, as well as at LutherCare Special Care Home. It's so rewarding to be of service to my community, and in doing so, I help my SELF!