For many years I had lower back pain—a result of being a young guide, leading various multiday trips: rafting, fly fishing, backpack, climbing. At times I couldn’t even put on pants without pain. As I began practicing Iyengar Yoga, I learned the true healing power of yoga. Combined with some Physical Therapy, I learned I was doing some of the poses incorrectly and harming my lower back even more. As I became more proficient at Iyengar Yoga, my body awareness transformed my practice and has healed my back.

Teaching has always been a passion of mine, and for nearly 20 years, I had been teaching my first love, fly fishing. So, as I dove deeper in to my yoga practice, which I was introduced to while attending college in 2000, I had a tugging desire to share it with others.

I am fortunate because I had the opportunity to practice many different types of yoga at several studios thanks to living in numerous places around the country. However, it wasn’t until I moved to Bellingham that I began practicing Iyengar Yoga. It was here at Yoga Northwest that I realized the true power of yoga and its tremendous benefits. I was finally “at home” with my yoga practice.

When I am not practicing or teaching yoga, I am with my husband, daughter and son trying to take advantage of all the wonderful things the Northwest has to offer. We love to float, fish and camp at the Yakima River; ski Mt. Baker; and hike and swim at Lake Padden.

“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.” -B.K.S. Iyengar