I was introduced to yoga in 2002 by a newly certified friend who needed practice students. She rented a space in the Velocity Dance space and despite some fear of trying it my curiosity won out. At the time I began practicing I was going through a very challenging time in my life; I can very much credit yoga with being a primary catalyst in emerging from the darkness and into the light. I’m very fortunate to still be friends with that amazing friend to this day and I am not sure how I could ever thank her for the introduction!
Over the next few years, I tried several styles, visited several studios, and practiced with a mostly physical motivation. Eventually, I stopped practicing for a few years as I struggled to find the time while enduring a long work commute and then eventually a high-risk pregnancy. When I, fortunately, found my way back to my mat I found my “home” in the Vinyasa and Ashtanga traditions. I also learned about meditation, pranayama, and the yogic path as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In 2012 I completed my 200 Hour with Be Luminous with a primary focus in Power Vinyasa. My teaching style is playful and sprinkled with humor while influenced by deep-rooted traditions such as chanting, Pranayama, and Sanskrit. Although my personal practice tends to gravitate towards handstands, backbends, and all things lotus I absolutely love to teach Slow Flow, Yin, and more therapeutic movement as well.
I’ve had the tremendous fortune to study with some amazing teachers locally and abroad. My greatest influences are Tiffany Cruickshank, Amy Ippoliti, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Troy Lucero. Some notable teachers I’ve had the privilege of also learning from are Maty Ezraty, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, and Kathryn Budig. I am also a co-founder of YogaLab Northwest, a grass roots collaboration that hosts world class teachers in the Seattle area as a way to celebrate the strong local yoga community. Yogalab Northwest has had the privilege of hosting Mittra, Ippoliti, Cruickshank, Kino Macgregor, Jason Crandell, Chris Chavez, and Carmen Aguilar. Currently, I am enrolled in my 500-hour training with Tiffany Cruickshank though Yoga Medicine and look forward to a lifetime of learning.
When I’m off the mat I enjoy spending time with my husband Mark and son Liam who is working on his handstand daily!