I am blessed to be a teacher bringing healing to individuals and the community through the practice of yoga.
I first started teaching yoga to at-risk adjudicated youth in a wilderness setting in the mountains of Utah. I camped under tarps 365 days a year. I supported kids as they were taken away from their reality and drugs were removed from their lifestyles. I motivated them to start taking accountability for their own story and expressing their real feelings. Implementing a weekly yoga practice became a highlight for the students. Time for themselves, space to let their mind unwind, and set the stage for personal growth. It was a way to help them connect with their breath, move their body and challenge their perception of themselves and their world through a different lens.
It was at this time in my life, while living out of my truck; mountain biking, rock climbing, running, and working with the adjudicated youth program that I started a formal practice of yoga under the framework of Jonathan friend’s Anusara Yoga. I developed a newfound connection with my own body, mind, and spirit. I built my life around healthy nutrition, water, and my breath. I embodied pranayama, truly finding my unique life force and how I could harness it thru a daily disciple.
I love teaching about pranayama, a life-giving force, that you can take control of – breath, nourishment, and water, the core of nutrition and health is based on what you eat and drink, but more importantly how you breathe! Use breathwork to add energy to your day, use the breath to assist the flow of your yoga practice. Most importantly, use breathwork to help calm the mind, and reduce stress and anxiety to bring mindfulness to your body at any time. These are simple principles that can be taught and practiced.
Now, as a woman’s health nurse for more than a decade, I have an amazing platform to support women and men through the wisdom of yoga traditions. My goal – Through a fusion of my yoga background, nursing knowledge, and understanding of the human body, is to help people strengthen their core, unlock tension and find restoration. I have carved out a niche for anyone living with daily pain. I can help unlock the pelvic floor, figuring out where to strengthen, where to soften, open and release tension. I aspire to set students up for success by building the structure to a healthy lifestyle of their own making, living their best life at any age.
My ideal yoga class is one that stimulates the mind and body. It focuses part on breathwork and mindfulness part on posture and asana. A gentle practice that would help people connect with their bodies. Identify areas of tension and start to unlock them. Demonstrate adaptations and adjustments making it accessible for all. A gentle and calm practice with enough variety that the elite student will find a challenge and the least experienced, will also find success. A perfect, harmonious balance.
Candlelight Yin is a favorite class of mine to teach at Twisted Grit. There is something magical about being a supportive guide, watching students let go of tension, embrace the warmth of the studio, and relax. Giving them space to sit with their thoughts and feel how their body will respond to the changing poses and breath work. Helping people to nurture and restore their whole being is such a privilege.
I strive to make people feel at ease and welcome. Teaching them to cultivate a sense of restorative calm within themselves. I help individuals harness the ability to build peace within their own body, anywhere, anytime just by changing their posture, changing their breath, and therefore changing their state of being. I sincerely hope they find a community of support and positive healing energy each time they practice with me. I am a guide here to offer suggestions and knowledge on how we can move, learn and grow together.
Being a yoga instructor is the only job I have ever had where every time I leave work I am more full than when I arrived. I feel better about myself. I have cleaner energy, and my mind finds a positive outlook with gratitude. I hope that every student can find this harmony on their yoga mat whether it’s at Twisted Grit, at home, or somewhere else. A space of refuge and safety for them to become the best version of themself.