Yoga, for me, is a means for self-discovery and self-care both mentally and physically. I have practiced yoga for many years and have always been athletic, taking classes in many different formats, but I have always migrated back to yoga because of the yogic ideas of unifying mind, body, and spirit.
It was only after having a personal health scare that I focused more completely on yoga and decided to delve more deeply into the teachings of yoga. I decided I needed to not only have an athletic workout routine, but also a more efficient way of dealing with stress.
The connection of mind, body and spirit has offered me a way of responding to stress instead of reacting to it. Yoga allows for a break from habitual, automatic patterns in the body as well as the mind. Yoga allows for us to abide in ease within the practice of yoga poses, within the practice of mindfulness, and within our everyday life. The concept of yoga being a means of self-care doesn’t happen only on our yoga mat, but off our yoga mat as well.
After completing my 200 hour yoga certification at YogaOne in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, I decided to continue attending yoga workshops and teacher trainings to take my yoga teaching and knowledge further. I finished my 500 hour yoga teacher training in August 2019 with an additional 300 hours beyond the typical 200 hour certification. I have always been a learner, so this continued study is part of my character...I will always be searching for more. I have taken advanced study in Mindful Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Children’s Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.
My other educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and an MA in Design Education, as well as a BFA completed while living in England.