The first time I ever tried this thing called "yoga," was as a college freshman taking an elective class. Day one sparked an affinity for something I had never seen or heard of. I have always been an active kid, swimming, riding horses, dancing Ballet, and I even tried Kung Fu! So I was initially attracted to the athletic side of yoga- the fluid movement, the bending, and just the simple sense of accomplishment in posture. The hobby turned habit, nay, addiction, and has become something that I study and practice everyday. And the more I learn about yoga, the more I am drawn to it for so many other reasons other than the physical elements.
I'm a decade into this practice, and I have barely scratched the surface. There is so much more to observe and experience because it goes so deep. I love yoga for being this huge limitless thing that is embodiment, that is fluidity and stillness, all in the same instant. Yoga for me is an endless lesson towards transformation, akin to this mysterious thing called life...
was strongly influenced by my first teachers in New Mexico. When I moved to New England, I sought more formal training, just to learn more about Yoga and not intending on becoming a teacher! I received my 200hr Vinyasa yoga instructor certification, under the instructor Ame Wren. (It was she who suggested I try my hand at teaching- thanks a lot Ame!) A year after that, I completed my 300hr yoga training program, continuing my study of Vinyasa under Natasha Rizopoulos. I spent one year assisting Natasha Rizopoulos, while accidentally drifting into the realm of Slow Flow where I started studying under Barbara Benagh. When Barbara Benagh decided to retire and leave New England, I wasn't sure what to do with myself, so I completed another 300hr training lead by both Ame Wren and Kevin Courtney.
I value all these amazing teachers as the guides that trained and certified me as an instructor, but I honor all the teachers I've ever practiced under- including the very first one I met back in New Mexico. I am continuously inspired by my mentors Ame Wren, Barbara Benagh, and Chip Hartranft.
And my quest to learn more about Yoga continues! But really, I am just overwhelmed with my opportunity to lead others in yoga. Everyday I am surprised at how much more there is to learn about it, and I relish that. I look forward to sharing the experience of yoga with others.