As I journey through life, yoga is my constant. I started yoga in the late 90s during a stressful time when I was working in the fast-paced computer software industry. I regularly exercised but yoga was the only form of movement that helped me destress and see things more clearly. Although my husband is retired Special Forces, the experience of being a military spouse greatly shapes my perspective. Yoga is my rock during the stressors of life - military moves, deployments, running a business, and motherhood.
The practice of yoga opened doorways for me - on and off the mat. In 2007, I embarked upon a yoga teacher training with the intention of deepening my practice and in the same year, I started teaching yoga. Practicing and teaching yoga has serendipitously cleared a path for me to open Embrace Yoga Studio in 2010. I am an experienced registered yoga teacher registered through Yoga Alliance, direct the yoga studio’s 5 star rated teacher training program and I am a Reiki master. With the help of my husband and my amazing fellow teachers, I solely manage a yoga studio with two rooms – hot and not so hot yoga with about 50 classes per week in addition to recurring yoga teacher training, workshops, and special events.
My job gives me the flexibility (ha!) to be there for my family. I have been married for 14 years and we have two vibrant kids. Shortly after my son was born in 2006, I was told he has several food allergies and in 2016 my husband was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. What I bring into my home such as essential oils to clean, what we eat ( family of 4 with 4 different palates), to my attitude and energy, and everything in between matters and impacts my life. A lot of yoga, breathwork (lots of deep breathing!), energy work, meditation and support get me through the day.
The root of the way I live stems from yoga philosophy. Yoga is the balance of movement (sthira) and rest (sukha). While I enjoy teaching and taking various classes, the ones that resonate with me have a good balance of effort and ease. My classes vary and are taught in a light-hearted manner with lots of attention to alignment and breath. My yoga practice isn’t fancy; you won't find me in a fancy arm balance or advanced inversion. I have imbalances along my spine that without the proper management of yoga, cardio and weight lifting leave me in a lot of pain. My classes are functional and accessible to all whether you're looking for something vigorous or more relaxing.
The same is applied off the mat – I strive to work productively (movement) and with ease (rest) and the same philosophy applies at home and with my interactions with others. As my husband says, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” I find deep meaning and joy as a yoga teacher, business owner, and mother. I truly love what I do but it is not without pains. I am perfectly imperfect. My intention is to share my joys and challenges as a yogini, small business owner and mother so you can have more energy and less stress in your life. By embracing yoga in our daily lives, we can live a healthy and fulfilling life in mind, body, and spirit.
I would be delighted to work with you. If you're interested, please contact me.