After graduating from Bloomsburg University in 2006 with a degree in theatre arts, I landed my first acting internship. Requirements for interns included weekly yoga. After the very first class, I knew I was in love. I knew in that moment that I had to learn everything I could about this practice, not only for the purpose of my own growth and transformation, but also so I could learn how to share the benefits with as many people as possible.
I've been studying yoga ever since and started teaching as a full-time, professional yoga teacher in 2008. I received my 200-hour & 300-hour certifications through The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem and was a co-teacher of their 200-hour teacher training program for a decade.
I spent several years studying with Seane Corn, completing her vinyasa flow teacher training and additional leadership training programs, integrating yoga with activism. In 2009, I raised over $20,000 to support humanitarian projects in Africa through a non-profit yoga organization that Seane co-founded called, Off the Mat, Into the World. I traveled to Uganda for three weeks with the OTM team to aid in the building of an eco-birthing center and a seven room schoolhouse. Upon returning from Africa, I became a senior leader for OTM, igniting interest in their programs and empowering others to step into sustainable leadership roles in their local communities. For several years, I enjoyed assisting Seane's yearly August workshop at Kripalu in Lenox, MA.
My interest in prenatal yoga began in 2013 when I became pregnant for the first time. Unfortunately, that pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage, but I decided to take a prenatal yoga training anyway. This was a life changing experience for me, and provided the important knowledge I needed not only to start accommodating pregnant students in my public classes, but also to move through my subsequent pregnancies with trust and confidence.
Building community has always been a priority in my life and teaching my weekly prenatal yoga classes has provided a great opportunity to bring women together. I love that my students arrive early and stay late just to chat and share experiences around pregnancy, birth and early motherhood. I believe it is truly a special privilege to be a part of each of my students' journeys and as a certified birth doula, I also support women outside of the classroom as well. I strongly believe that a combination of prenatal yoga, doula support and unbiased childbirth education greatly increases the chances of achieving desired birth outcomes. And for that reason, I also offer both an in-person and online Childbirth Education Class!
In 2015, I took my first ChildLight Teacher Training, which focused on how to teach yoga to babies and toddlers. This sealed the deal for me, as they say! From then on, I chose to specialize my teaching of yoga to focus on beginners, pregnant women and babies six weeks - three years old. I am dedicated to making yoga accessible to all. My classes are dynamic and intuitive, with a strong emphasis on mindful breathing and aligning the body appropriately. I provide clear and concise instructions so that beginners learn how to practice yoga safely and mindfully. Of course, the baby and toddler classes are a little different! Expect lots of laughter, singing and active, creative movement.
I teach at studios, schools, corporations, prisons as well as private sessions at students' homes. I also teach virtual privatesover Skype and FaceTime. I especially enjoy my travels as a ChildLight Yoga trainer, teaching their Yoga for Babies & Toddlers Teacher Training as well as their Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, which I developed for them. This opportunity has allowed me to remain deeply engaged with the communities that I am called to serve.
In October of 2019, my business partner, Sally Delisle, and I purchased ChildLight Yoga and are now Co-Owners of the ChildLight Education Company - continuing to offer all of the same beloved yoga & mindfulness trainings with MORE coming soon!
I currently reside in Hellertown, PA with my husband and two young children.
Thank you for reading about me and I hope to see you in one of my classes soon!