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I empower women facing stress, exhaustion & overwhelm, to re-discover their connection with the deepest part of themselves, so they can live fully, and achieve long-term goals for life transformation.
It was my own need for healing that brought me to yoga in 2000 when I was living in a big city, stressed out, had no energy, no tolerance and felt zero compassion towards myself.
When I found yoga, my world began to shift. I couldn’t wait to get to the tiny studio where I would practice several times a week after work. The stress and tension of the day lifted as I learned how to connect with my body and breath.
The hard edges of my armor; mentally, emotionally and physically speaking, softened. I began to notice compassion towards, and resiliency within myself. I developed a whole new friendship with my body. In my 30s, I felt more alive than in my teens or 20s, and I knew I had found my life’s calling.
In 2012, my best friend died, and my world crumbled. After several weeks of numbing out, I found my way to my yoga mat every day. My mat was there to witness my pain, soak up my tears, and receive me unconditionally. When nothing could fix me, my yoga practice was my way through my grief.
There’s a saying, “Whatever is in the way, IS the way.” In those dark times, on my yoga mat, I saw myself for who I was, and began healing. Yoga brings us in touch with the wisdom of the body, so we can come to know ourselves intimately.
There have been many moments in my life when I felt lost and empty. I felt God provided this path which redirected my life in the most beautiful way.
After completing my first Yoga Teacher Training in 2007, and after years of teaching group yoga classes, I learned about the holistic healing art of Yoga Therapy. I had always felt that there was more to yoga than being strong & flexible, but I didn't have the tools to get there, let alone, guide others on a journey of inward transformation.
It was in the spring of 2020, when the global pandemic caused my business to close, and my anxiety to skyrocket. It was then, that I fully emersed myself in the healing work of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. I had several 'emotional breakthroughs’ in my personal practice and in my life since this time.
What I uncovered, was a mass of tension and anguish in my body, that I was still holding onto, going way back to early childhood. I had developed an unhealthy relationship with my body, and ever-present anxiety over not being enough.
I was always a "suck it up buttercup" or "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" type of person; but my yoga therapy practice taught me to compassionately investigate the painful parts of my life, somatically, through the wisdom of my body. I was able to look back at a lifetime full of “little t” traumas, and be present to myself with a new level of kindness I had never experienced.
This work has allowed me to give those experiences a voice, and release the trauma that my body was holding onto. After my own profound personal experiences, I knew that yoga therapy, was in fact, my life’s work, my Dharma, to share this with others, so they too can lead better lives with less suffering, and more peace.
I am a Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, have a B.A. from Washburn University, and a E-RYT 500, YACEP, and a yoga therapy certificate from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.
I have been a registered yoga teacher for 15 years & completed my yoga therapist certification training with PRYT in Nov 2022.
I help individuals who are ready to deepen their human experience and facilitate their own healing through yoga therapy.
Yoga Therapy has transformed the way I view yoga, my body and my relationship to myself. Yoga at its deepest level is about transformation.
Coming back to our true nature, and remembering that we are so much more.
I would love to share it with you!