As a child, I struggled with asthma and therefore never considered myself to be athletic. An avowed bookworm and theatre geek, I now look back on the bouts of depression I experienced as being directly related to a lack of physical activity. In college I discovered the mood enhancing effects of exercise through dance, martial arts, and yoga. Though not particularly talented or coordinated, I was hooked on the way it made me feel.
In the 2002, after I graduated from college, I was hit with the worst bout of depression I had ever experienced. Yoga became my lifeline through this time and I was inspired to sign up for a teacher training in order to study it more deeply. Just a few months into the training, I discovered I was pregnant and had to drop out. During my pregnancy, I worked 3 jobs and simply tried to keep my head above the rising tide of sadness. Little did I know that the birth and infancy of my daughter would wind up being both one of the hardest and also the most beautiful time of my life.
The strength and inspiration I gained from becoming a mother led me back to yoga and I finally completed the Asheville Yoga Center Teacher training program as my daughter transitioned from toddler to pre-schooler. I was fortunate to immediately begin teaching at the Downtown Asheville YMCA. Teaching at the YMCA I observed and assisted thousands of students of varying experience and ability and I consider that time to be my second teacher training. Since then I have completed hundreds hours of additional study including more teacher trainings because the depth of this practice never ceases to blow my mind. I am passionately committed to showing people how to make friends with their demons and life a life of purpose, wonder, and fun.
I love to grow vegetables, put large amounts of weight over my head, wear bright colors, and dance to just about anything with a good beat. I am a total wimp about the cold and sometimes indulge in 2-3 hot baths per day in the winter. Please don’t tell the environmental police, I really try in all other ways to minimize my footprint.
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