I first started studying Yoga 35 years ago at a YMCA in Knoxville, TN, to help with the stress I was under from my job. That initiated a life-long love of Yoga that was often interrupted by moving for my husband’s training, and by raising our four children. However, I studied Yoga in almost every place we lived: I studying Iyengar Yoga in San Francisco, Vancouver, and New Orleans, and I was first introduced to a Vinyasa flow type of Yoga in Gulf Breeze, Florida. It wasn’t until we moved up to Western Springs 6 years ago, though, that I really learned more Vinyasa flow, and also was introduced to the philosophical aspects of Yoga. The hints of the philosophy behind Yoga so intrigued me that I took my Yoga teacher training at Focus Yoga in 2015 to really learn much more about the basis of Yoga.
I find Yoga to be a mentally, as well as a physically challenging discipline. My mind benefits as much as my body does from the practice and teaching of Yoga. I want my students to feel that stepping on their yoga mats, the outside world is put on hold, and for one hour they can focus entirely on themselves and practice mindfulness. For that short time my students are in my class, they should be stretching their minds and bodies, so that upon leaving, they feel relaxed and rejuvenated. I feel that Yoga can be a life-long practice, that a practitioner can adapt their practice to their body as it changes in life. I really want my students to have fun in practicing Yoga. When trying new things, it is okay to laugh at yourself.
I am a 200-RYT from Focus Om, and I am certified in Reiki Levels 1 and 2.