Yoga found me when I needed it most, when I was most ready to open up my world to something bigger. I was tired of struggling with grief, with compulsion, I was just plain tired and knew I needed a new start. I had done yoga asana with my mom growing up and through college but it was after college when I first felt a huge shift, a clearing and bringing in new energy within my body and mind. This was where I first experienced a powerful change in my relationship to ground and a feeling of greater possibility in knowing myself. And that was it, I was in love.
Why do you teach & practice yoga?
Who is your greatest yoga influence or inspiration?
I am going to answer these questions together: My greatest yoga influences are the yoga teachers in the studios I practice at over the years, all of them. They taught me what it feels like to really see and be seen. They helped me experience and explore what deep connection is (connection with others, with mySelf, with literature, nature, ground, experience). They taught me that it was not only okay but critical to lean into challenges, shine light on my shadows, and stay curious (not judgmental) about my tendencies. They taught me that the most heartbreaking, frustrating, envy-making trials in life become pillars of strength and resilience. They taught me that I can be gritty and soft at the same time. These teachers showed me this by simply showing up, making space, encouraging connection, curiosity, and courage. It’s in these spaces where I discovered that I am whole and that my greatest teacher is myself in dance with life. And that is why I practice & teach yoga.
What does it mean to be a "Mountain Soul?"
To me a mountain soul is a being that finds center and a quiet mind best in nature; connecting to the breath of sweet cool air, the scent of trees and peat, the sound of birds or snow crunching under feet, the feel of sunshine, the feeling of relief that comes with rain, and the renewal that comes with changing seasons. A mountain soul lives where they can connect with their heart simplest, by stepping out and away from the turnings of the world, if even for a moment, to remember all of its beauty in a breath.
Describe your favorite day.
My favorite day is sitting by a stream or river, exploring the area with my dogs, maybe a friend. Wildflowers and the scent of pine are a bonus. Nowhere to be, nothing to do, and with a PB&J. I have a young and playful heart and savor the feeling of being free and unrestricted.