Growing up as the youngest of 7 kids outside of Boston, I never expected to find Yoga. I moved to Tahoe in 2004 following a short vacation to South Lake. After beginning to work for the Forest Service in 2007, I realized I needed balance for such a physically demanding job, so I enrolled in a 30 day Yoga challenge at a local studio. There, I finally found what I didn't even realize I was looking for - Connection. Connection of mind, body, heart, soul, etc. After becoming a daily practitioner, I found that I still wanted to learn more. In 2012, I enrolled in my first 200 hr. teacher training. It was a Hatha/Raja training that gave me the overview and introduction I needed to begin my journey as a teacher.
Over the next few years, I began teaching 4-5 classes a week and took more trainings to continue to grow as a student and teacher. I took trainings in Yin, Trauma informed and Acro- Yoga before taking on another 200 hr. training in Tibetan Heart Yoga, instructed by one of my first teachers, Scott Nanamura. Continuing to teach and study both Sanskrit and the Yoga Sutras, I found more room for growth and connection. I began to branch out teaching at the local Juvenile Treatment Center twice a week. I also started my third 200hr. training in Ashtanga, which had long since been a part of my practice and my heart. I trained and interned under my longtime teacher and friend, Laura Josephy.
I take all of the wisdom and teachings of those under whom I studied and work to weave it all into one for my classes. My focus is to be rooted in the breath while connected to the mental, physical and emotional, and trying to give the class that my students need with a little grace and humility. If I'm lucky, I'll get to share what I've learned with other practitioners for many years to come.
Wales, Massachusetts. About an hour west of Boston.
My high school English teacher, Dexter Newton. He was Harvard educated, but went into the peace corp after college and spent that time in Nepal. Could've taught at any private school, but chose to teach public school. Perhaps the most grounded and down to earth person I've ever met. He taught me to look at and think of the world differently.
I love to be outside whenever possible snowboarding, biking, climbing and all the other things Tahoe offers, but really I just like to talk and laugh and connect with people.
Nature. I can't imagine anything more beautiful than what we've been given
Dogs and kids
A very active lifestyle that started to make my body ache. Once practicing, all the other subtleties of yoga began to show up and I guess there was just no turning back.
It's really just being one small ingredient to a bigger picture of healing. Just being a part of the process. Whether giving someone support that translates later into confidence or just holding a safe place for people to do the work they need.
That I cared.
I've always felt that greed has kept humanity from realizing it's true potential. If greed was cured, what an beautiful world this could be.
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