Subtle and quiet...
and a class that’s anything but.
What drew you to yoga?
I was training for the Columbus Marathon a few years ago and thought a yoga class would be a nice "stretch" to supplement my training, so I bought a groupon and went to my first class. I left there feeling like my ass just got kicked (in a good way). It was definitely a good "stretch" and so much more. I was intrigued and surprised that yoga could be so strengthening, calming and sweaty all at the same time.
Why do you practice?
I practice yoga so that I can replenish myself physically and mentally. My patients need me, my friends and family need me, and I want to be my best self for them. I firmly believe you have to take care of yourself in order to best take care of others.
(Life+) How does yoga change you off the mat?
Yoga helps me slow down. It's so easy to get distracted with life and lose focus of what really matters. I practice using my breathe to control my mind, focus and balance on my mat, which strengthens that skill for me when I'm off my mat.
What is your style?
My style is strength based. I think a good warmup and cool down is very important, but everything in between is more on the lines of a moving meditation. I strive to get you out of your head and think of nothing outside of the room, nothing but your breath and how your body feels for 60 minutes. I use movement and music to do so. Oh, and we will probably handstand.
Where are you when you’re not teaching?
When I'm not teaching, I'm either seeing the world or in my bathtub reading!
What illuminates you?
What illuminates me is the connections I make with my students on a personal level. Some of my best friends all started when they decided to show up to my class one day. 🙂 I have a lot of love for our yoga community!