I’m a Yogini
I came back to yoga when I was 70 pounds overweight, chronically depressed, and, not at all living the way I wanted to be.
Yoga helped me save my life.
I have a fiery passion for showing people how amazing it is to own who you are, live from an empowered center, and rock life out.
I offer help, support, empowerment, and bad-assery daily online – come hang out with me!
You’ll also find a variety of Blended Yoga videos here on the site and over at Vimeo. Be warned – this is me, in my home office, or sometimes in the space where I teach… these are nothing formal – it’s usually just what I’m inspired to teach in the moment… sometimes my beautiful Schnauzer, Rex even makes an appearance. I really hope these videos help you in some way – regardless of the setting, or who walks into the shot :)
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.
To see what clients and class participants have to say about my work and my classes, 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 I was really sad, withdrawn, and had an overwhelming sense that something had to change, I just didn’t know what to do to fix it.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?
I, of course love yoga – my personal practice includes Vinyasa, Yin, and Super Adventure-types of Yoga. Plus I also love to trail run and a good, sweaty Kettlebell or Tabata workout…
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 a 12 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… that’s where I find sanctuary.
– I have the best Schnauzer 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…