Growing up I experienced yogic philosophy and practice through dance, meditation, and breath work at a small community school. I practiced with DVDs following a well-known Iyengar teacher and took my first live class from Leslie at WWU in 2004. A handful of years later I attended my first Iyengar yoga class with Lauron. I had been irregularly and then sometimes diligently practicing yoga asana for about a decade, using it as cross-training for other athletic and professional endeavors. In 20016 I began a sustainable home practice after having my second child and later attended Ingela’s Level II. I found the community at Yoga Northwest was welcoming and Ingela encouraged me to apprentice. I had attended a handful of workshops and was beginning to dig deeply into my studies and longed for a focus. I am grateful to have found a teacher with such a long practice and depth of knowledge to draw from.
Prior to motherhood I was a sailboat captain and instructor. I feel the same enthusiasm for teaching yoga asana as I did for teaching the nuances of the wind and sea. Neither are static and that appeals to me greatly. A new day, a new wind, a new feeling in your bones!
Yoga asana brings me home to my body. My regular practice keeps me centered and prepared for the demands of raising my three young kids. Yoga philosophy gives me the tools to quiet my mind and connect to a deep wisdom. I want my students to feel at home in their bodies, to have conversations with their bones, muscles, joints, and breath. My goal is to develop the trust needed to heal or adjust to each individual body. I love Iyengar yoga because it is experimental, accessible, and provides different ways to experience sensation no matter what body you have.