Why I’m a Yogini
I am on fire about helping you feel empowered, strong, inspired and energized.
I came back to yoga when I was 70 pounds overweight and chronically depressed.
Yoga helped me save my life.
I offer help, support, empowerment, and bad-assery daily online – come hang out with me!
Here is the Blended Yoga Facebook Page
Find me on Pinterest – I bet we have a lot in common!
I’m on Google+ too!
Yoga Classes, Short Sequences, and Meditation Videos can be found on Vimeo
I’m just getting started with Instagram – let’s see where that goes!
My Credentials (the official stuff…)
I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with the YogaLife Institute and am Registered with the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200).
I’ve been studying with Sadie Nardini since 2009, and I’m a Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga teacher.
I’m excited to be in 5 episodes of Sadie’s TV Show, Rock Your Yoga, on the Veria Living Network. You really have to check out the show (not just for me ;) ). It’s some great yoga!
I’m a Yin Yoga Teacher – Thank you Corina Benner of Wake Up Yoga for the most fantastic, informative, amazing Yin Teacher Training.
I also contribute to these awesome resources:
Do Yoga. Stand in Your Truth.
To see what clients and class participants have to say about me, click here.
My personal journey through depression – aka Why Yoga Rocks.
Yeah, I’m smiling in that picture, but that was just because I was pretending to be happy for the outside world. I was really sad, withdrawn, with an overwhelming sense that something had to change, I just didn’t know what to do to fix it.
Through a fluke of a conversation with a good friend (who also happens to be a Psychologist), I discovered I was suffering from chronic depression.
That diagnosis scared the hell out of me. Depression runs in my family. I saw what it did to my grandmother. I see what it does and did to other family members. I did NOT want to be chronically depressed.
My friend told me flat out to get back to my yoga practice. So I did.
I was scared to death. My body was heavy, weak, and out of shape. But, I was determined to work through this.
So, I just started. Simple as that.
I sat down with my schedule and figured out that 30 minutes of Yoga, 3 times per week was all I could commit to – but I did commit to it.
What do you know – 6 Weeks later, I felt… better.
I’ll never forget it. I got out of bed one morning and noticed my pants were looser – not by a whole lot – but enough to notice. And, – I felt different. I felt better. I noticed my mood improving, my haze clearing, and remembering what I wanted my life to be.
These first (albeit subtle) changes, inspired me to make more changes.
I started eating better – nothing drastic, just one step at a time… I started adding more movement into my week – again – nothing drastic… just one step at a time.
I’ve spent the last 4(ish) years figuring out what works for me – what makes me feel good, what is in alignment with who I am…
It’s a daily process… a non-linear journey. But, at this point, I’m loving it… I remember who I was when I was depressed… and I’m in touch with who I AM… and I want everyone to have that ability to reconnect and align with who they are… it just creates such a fantastic life, ya know?
These days I’m still all about Yoga – my personal practice includes Vinyasa, Yin, and Super Adventure-types of Yoga. Plus I love to trail run and I also do Crossfit.
Life is more than just yoga… (right?!?)
Here’s some fun facts – we probably have some things in common!
– I’m married since 1999 to a fabulous guy – Drew.
– I have an 11 Year old daughter. She’s an Irish Dancer, a singer, and a drummer.
– I trail run, hike, bike, canoe, kayak and I love camping – I need to get lost in the woods or the mountains regularly… or I become ansty, cranky, and bitchy.
– I have the best Schanuzer in the world, Rex.
– My secret Dream Career is Rock Star.
– I sew. Mostly because I’m too impatient to crochet – though I’d really LOVE to do that…