I found yoga in 2001 after the birth of my second child. I was working night-shifts as an RN in a hospital and struggled with anxiety, as well as finding the time and motivation to take care of my body while also being devoted to my family. I loved the way my body felt while doing yoga, and the calm my mind experienced after. I always looked forward to attending classes.
I completed my initial 230 hour yoga teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis in 2008. I had decided to take the training to deepen my knowledge of both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga, and began teaching part time after my completion of the program. I continue to expand my knowledge of yoga with ongoing training every year, and recently completed my 500 hour teaching certification with Christina Sell & Giaconda Parker at the San Marcos School of Yoga. Personally, the practice of yoga is slowly and steadily building my capacity to be content, even joyful, regardless of what is happening around me.
I also am a Registered Nurse and one of the family owners of Prairie River Home Care, which provides long and short term medical and supportive care to clients in their homes. I am inspired and humbled to work with an amazing group of people that strive to uplift others everyday, both in home care and in yoga. I emphasize physical alignment in my yoga classes. Strength and flexibility are balanced in order to gain control of the body in a graceful and purposeful manner.
RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher
I fell in love with yoga in 1997 after taking my first class when I was going to school for massage therapy. My new career as a massage therapist quickly became challenging on my physical body and I began practicing yoga regularly for self-care. Yoga has not only helped me stay strong physically, but also has allowed me to quiet my anxious mind, to heal, feel more grounded in my body, and be more present in my life. Over the years I have found yoga to be transformational not only for my physical body, but also for my mental and spiritual health. My most favorite fascination with a yoga practice is when you are in a posture and begin to become aware of that witness part of yourself, the part of you that is your truest and highest self. Experiencing this quality of pure presence (BEing) inspired me to continue to practice, to study and begin to teach yoga.
As a massage therapist, I have enjoyed helping people not only reach their health goals, decreasing pain and increasing flexibility, but also facilitating sessions that help clients understand how to heal themselves by quieting their nervous system. This is what led me into continuing my education in energy medicine and yoga. I have spent the last few years of my career teaching massage therapy, introductory workshops for energy work, chakra balancing techniques and all levels of Reiki. In May of 2013, I completed my yoga teacher training at Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness studying classical Hatha yoga with an influence of Para yoga, Tantra, energy work and meditation. Now in 2016, I will begin teaching at Saddha Yoga! In classes we will focus on becoming more aware of our alignment in our physical body so that we can move with greater ease, stability and flexibility, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Outside of teaching yoga and being a massage therapist, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids, going for long walks, watching the hummingbirds in my garden and baking.