Yoga came into my life when I was in college at UNCW. I took my first yoga class at the school gym when I attended UNCW. One of my good friends had done yoga all through high school, and she encouraged me to go with her. I was instantly hooked, and have never looked back! I loved the physical aspect, and as I continued practicing at the school and at a local yoga studio, I began to become curious about the mind and spirit benefits yoga had to offer.
Why a Yoga teacher?
Honestly, being a teacher was never my intention, even when I signed up for 200 hour teacher certification. I wanted to learn more about the philosophy of yoga and how I could bring my on the mat yoga practice off the mat and into every aspect of my life. After completing training, I felt a pull to try teaching. I wanted to be able to share the practice of yoga with others. Yoga is such a rewarding treasure, to be able to guide others in not only a wonderful physical activity, but also help strengthen people’s spiritual practice of yoga as well.
What is my teaching style?
Recently completing training, I’m still finding my style, but if I had to describe it in one word I would say it’s organic.
I found yoga as an answer to this '30 something working mom of two' stage of life that I was in about 14 years ago. But the simplicity of a mat, a small space in my bedroom and a few DVDs kept me motivated to return to my mat many evenings. Then came classes at a local gym and cable TV shows that worked with my daily schedule. My decision to teach was prompted five years ago by my best friend who encouraged me to explore teacher training. We were actually walking through church having that discussion! I believe God's nudge led me to Holy Yoga, an international nonprofit Christian ministry that trains yoga teachers. I trained in 2010 with Brooke Boon, founder of Holy Yoga based in Phoenix, Arizona, for my 225 level teacher training and now for the 500 level Masters certification.
How do I practice on the mat?
...with gratitude. I bring it to the mat each time I practice. I am truly thankful for yoga in my life, and especially for my teachers. I need the flowing movement, intense expression, breath and stillness that yoga brings. Sometimes my worries follow me to my mat; and over the course of a practice, they are brought into perspective. I believe this is the Holy Spirit working in my life.
How do I practice off the mat?
Right now, I am working on seeing details of my life and strengthening them one at a time. That feels like yoga to me. I look for the fruits of the Spirit in others as well in myself...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And when I fall down, in life and in yoga, I am learning to consider the experience as part of the practice.The same is true when I'm serving others through my work in the public sector. Yoga helps me balance against the unpredictable nature of life.
Why a Yoga Teacher?
When you are given a gift that changes your life, you want to share it, right? You want to SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! The gift is the personal practice available to each of us. Teaching just lets me celebrate in community with participants, again and again, the gifts of breath, movement, strength, and peace. Every practice is new and different.
What is my Teaching Style?
Creatively challenging and accessible. I enjoy lengthening poses and exploring balance, but we cover lots of ground in this flow style class. You will learn what poses feel like, as if you practiced with your eyes closed. And for every Holy Yoga class, I develop an original scripture meditation from the Bible. That is where I draw my strength. That is what I want share. Your heart never leaves feeling empty. Namaste.