First of all, welcome and thank you for visiting my website! If you're reading this, then there must be a good reason. What's calling you to practice yoga? Perhaps you're a beginner and looking for a place to start, or maybe you're super busy and you need to practice when it best fits your schedule? Whatever your reason, I'm thrilled that you're here! Here's a little bit about me and how I got started...
Flashback to 2010...I'd just completed my Masters degree. I was a stressed out public school educator who burned off my stress through long distance running. Naturally inflexible and a ball of anxiety, I was in dire need of some deep stretching and chilling out when I first stepped onto my yoga mat. Side note: I'd had this yoga mat for years, but I was too intimidated to step into a studio and actually take a class. In fact, my husband came with me to the first class I ever took because he could tell I was *that* nervous!
After only a few classes, I quickly learned a few things about myself. First, I breathed inefficiently. Second, I wasn't as in shape as I thought. Third, my thoughts were all over the place. I learned these things, and then didn't practice yoga again for a while. What can I say? I let life get in the way.
After spinal surgery in 2012, my physical therapist suggested that I get back into yoga so I did, and this time, I wasn't playing around. I really got into practicing various types of yoga and soon thereafter, experienced the therapeutic benefits of yoga for both my mind and body. I learned to breathe more efficiently. I got stronger and more flexible. I was able to calm my mind and control my anxiety which formerly controlled me. I found balance in my body. Most importantly, I learned to appreciate myself-- body, mind, and soul.
In 2014, I studied and trained withNina Be and Bart Westdorp inMindBody Centering Yoga, "a sophisticated confluence of cutting edge master teachings from Hatha Raja yoga, meditation, psycho-somatic neurology, energy medicine and spiritual sutra study for the modern world and one of the first Yoga Alliance certified courses for training yoga teachers in trauma-sensitive techniques." These days, you can find me teaching a variety of public and private classes, including Beginners Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Flow Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Gentle Yoga Yoga for Runners, Chair Yoga, and Adaptive Yoga. I teach in private homes, breweries, yoga studios, corporate settings, fellowship halls, the great outdoors, and wherever else we can find space! The possibilities are endless! Your yoga is waiting for you! Just step on your mat and see what unfolds! I'll support and guide you every step of the way! Contact me, and let's get started!
About MindBody Centering Yoga
MindBody Centering Yoga (MBCY) is a heart-centered lifestyle practice, founded upon the integrity of ancient tradition, the sustainability of commitment, mindfulness, liberation through authentic expression, holding balance, and awakening to one’s infinite possibility. MindBody Centering Yoga is open to everyone, regardless of yoga experience, background, physical abilities, or belief system and is based at Global Breath Studio in Durham, NC. Read more about MindBody Centering Yoga RYS here. Global Breath, the home of MBCY, is also home to LiveGlobally 501(c)(3), a charitable organization committed to sharing resources and ideas to promote sustainable communities.