The Short:

I started teaching in 2009 while attending Lillah Shwartz Teacher Training in Asheville, NC. I was 19, and though I didn't graduate the first time, I tried it again. I was certified as a 200hr Yoga Teacher in 2011 and began teaching professionally.

In 2015 I graduated from Lillah's 555 hr Therapeutic Teacher training, and am now doing a Yoga Therapy mentorship to be affiliated with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). 

In addition to over 955hrs of training with Lillah, I have studied Iyengar yoga as a healing art with Patricia Walden, Roger Cole, Cindy Dollar, Adil Palkivhala (founder of Purna Yoga), Lois Steinburg, Carrie Owerko, Ryan Conrad, Letitia Walker and others. 

 

The Story:

The best advice ever given to me was that I am loved by everyone, don't question it, believe it. 

I care little about how I get to happiness, but tremendously that I will always be happy. 

I teach Yoga, I teach acceptance, I teach people how to live with more ease. 

I will always be learning.

As a young girl my father would tell me stories of fully realized yogis as I was dozing off to sleep. He took me to my first yoga class when I was a toddler. Looking at all the adults hanging upside down in a forward bend, joyfully welcoming me to the space is one of my first beloved memories. When I was 7 I struggled with depression, beginning to cope with the reality of death that would someday come to members of my family and myself. I would cry as the sun went down for months. My father finally taught me a mantra by Thich Nhat Hanh,

"Breathing in I relax my body,

breathing out I smile,

living in the present moment

this is a wonderful moment."

We replaced the word "living," for "dwelling," to make it easier for my young mind to understand. 10 times we repeated it as we embodied the words. It was the first time I felt the power of this moment. I realized that my depression had been caused by worrying about the future or the past, and that there was nothing to worry about right now. In fact, this moment is wonderful. 

I grew up in a hoarder house hold. Yes, hoarders like the television show. There were few spots that the floor shone through our clutter. My parents were going through a rough patch. They would fight loud and often and my father would usually leave for the night. Years passed and they seemed to work it out just before my mother was diagnosed with kidney failure. 

My mother finally went in for a kidney transplant after about 5 years of dialysis, they had to shut down her immune system so that her body would take the unfamiliar kidney, and she got sick and died in the hospital. I had just turned 15, and I still remember my father and I standing in the room looking over her body and knowing that we would be alright. My father used to always say, "God won't take her away from you until you are ready." He was right.

About 2 months later, second oldest brother, Jordan passed away on New Years Day from a drug overdose. That, I was not ready for. With a house full of heart ache again, I turned to friends and parties, and finally, Yoga. I started attending a regular Yoga class with Holly Whitesides at Neighborhood Yoga around age 16. She was a strong, independent, beautiful earth mamma, and I still try and soak up every bit of knowledge I can from her. 

In college, Yoga became more than a weekly class I attended. Two times a week I had it as a required P.E. class and my teacher used the wall and chairs to make the experience so much deeper than I had yet experienced. I asked her, Emily Witherspoon, where she got her training and she sent me to Lillah Shwartz in Ashevillle. 

My very first class at Lillah's studio my teacher Milli taught me how stop hyper extending my knee. I knew this was the place for me to gain true healing and share it with others. 

I started teaching from my home in 2009 as a requirement for Lillah Shwartz's Teacher Training in Asheville, NC. I was 19, and though I didn't graduate the first time, I tried it again. I was certified as a 200hr Yoga Teacher in 2011 and began teaching professionally.

In 2015 I graduated from Lillah's 555 hr Therapeutic Teacher training, and am now doing a Yoga Therapy mentorship to be affiliated with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). 

In addition to over 955hrs of training with Lillah, I have studied Iyengar yoga as a healing art with Patricia Walden, Roger Cole, Cindy Dollar, Adil Palkivhala (founder of Purna Yoga), Lois Steinburg, Carrie Owerko, Ryan Conrad, Letitia Walker and others. 

Now you can find me teaching in a private one on one setting, over Skype, in the studio, or having breakfast with some friends. Yoga is always calling me, so I will continue sharing it until it stops serving me. 

When I'm not teaching, I like to lay in the grass, swim in the river, dance anywhere, sing anything, and play everywhere.