Growing up with a mom who suffered from depression, I learned from a young age all the tricks to avoid reality and search for ways to make myself happy. At first, these methods were not very healthy, and by the time I was 25, I was lost and ungrounded, partying a lot, and I had no idea who I was or what I wanted from my life. Somehow I managed to find my way into a yoga studio, and I made it through a grueling 90 minute Primary series Ashtanga class. It was absolutely one of the most intense experience I had ever felt, and for the first time in my adult life I experienced my breath and my body in a whole new way. I was sweaty, I was tired, and I knew that for some reason, I wanted more.
That first class made a lasting impression on me. I didn’t know it then, but I realize now that I was tapping into the feeling of being grounded for the first time. And, even more importantly to me, I recognized that the feeling of being in my body with my breath, made me feel more alive than I ever had before. It was extraordinary.
I have been a consistent practitioner of yoga ever since that first class in 1999. Being a dancer throughout my life, I was at first attracted to the physical side of the practice. I naturally fell into a vigorous Ashtanga Vinyasa style practice, which satisfied my love of movement as well as my somewhat type-A personality. Upon moving to Boulder, I began practicing at the Yoga Workshop and a few years later, completed my first 200 hour teacher training program with Richard Freeman. In the years following, my practice style began to shift, and I found that I started resonating more with the more creative side of Vinyasa yoga. I have since completed additional trainings with CorePower Yoga in the Vinyasa, Hot and Yin styles of Yoga, as well as my 500 hour ERYT with Gina Caputo and the Colorado School of Yoga. Most recently, I have fallen in love with Kaiut Yoga, and have just completed another 300 hours of training with Francisco Kaiut, the creator of this life-changing method. It has been an absolute game changer for me and my students. As a full-time yoga teacher, I approach my classes with curiosity, humor, honesty and a lightheartedness that is a result of the happiness I have found through the practice of yoga. For me, the practice not only exists in movement form on my mat, but I try to have it permeate in all of the other aspects of my life.
After a long journey battling depression and various illnesses, my mom sadly passed away in 2007. I miss her every day, but fortunately, her kindness and giving nature allowed me the opportunity to open a yoga studio in 2012. Being a co-owner of a yoga studio was an amazing experience for me, and I know my mom would have been proud of me for pursuing this dream.
While I am no longer affiliated with that studio, I still teach regular weekly public classes at various studios around the Boulder, Colorado front range area, as well as lead annual yoga retreats both locally and internationally. I am fully dedicated to my students growth and I love sharing this practice with anyone and everyone with an open mind and a curiousity of what's possible. It is my hope that my students can find true happiness, as I did many years ago, through the practice of yoga, and I look forward to joining you on this amazing journey!