RYT200, 250 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at the YogaLife Institute
I grew up in a family of runners. When you were stressed you ran, when you needed a work out you ran, when you needed to think you ran. Running had been my constant through all stages of life but found that my body was changing and I needed something to balance me out. I found yoga after I graduated from WCU and would practice occasionally.
When I was pregnant with my first son, and could no longer run, I turned to pre-natal yoga and started to become more interested in the practice and lifestyle of yoga. The more I would practice the more I discovered about myself and at a time where there was so much change and newness of being a mom, I wasn't ready to learn about the new me and I left my mat for quite some time. I went back to running but was not quite the same. I had a new body, my gate was different, my breath, my hips, it was an adjustment and even though I knew I needed yoga I kept to running and weight training. All the while a little voice would remind me that my body, mind, and spirit were craving my mat.
My path has been anything but straight and clear and I am thankful for the detours. It has brought me here, to the now and provided me with the clarity to intuitively know what is needed to nourish my heart and soul.
Over a decade went by in a blink and I completely forgot who I was. My health was a disaster---after I gave birth to my little guy Luca my body started shutting down on me and after many specialist and tests without clear answers I needed to make a change. My stomach, the headaches, the dizziness, my knees were in constant pain. I was always exhausted, and I allowed that to prevent me from running like I used to.
A lot of life occurred, I had two beautiful boys, was working full time and I allowed myself to get lost in the mix. I removed Gluten out of my diet and immediately noticed my years of symptoms disappearing. I came out of a fog and realized I had to rethink my wellness holistically. Two of my co-workers finally convinced me to try out the lunchtime yoga. The first day back on my mat, I wept. My body, mind, and spirit took a sigh of relief and gratitude that day. I haven't left my mat since...and my curiosity and love for yoga only continued to grow. I began my yoga teacher training and fast forward to now my love for learning only has intensified...I am currently in Yoga Therapy Training and will be a Certified Yoga Therapist after the three year program is completed.
While I was exploring the next level of me, I recognized that I needed another level of fitness...I had running, I had yoga...but something was missing. I started CrossFit and in these last two years I have seen the positive enhancements in my running and in my yoga practice.
Most recently, I left my career to stay home fulltime and focus on my boys. I could write a novel on this transition...but the short of it is...the trifecta of yoga, running, and CrossFit have created a balance to be ok in all of this newness. Each piece compliments the other and allows me to be stronger and more balanced in all areas of life.
Motivation & Passion
My purpose for teaching yoga is to provide a safe space to empower those to empower themselves. I enjoy teaching all ages, at all levels, with providing options of movement to accommodate where your mind, body, and spirit may be on any given day. It constantly changes and that is ok.