I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for 13 years. In the beginning, I mostly saw it as a form of exercise. It wasn’t until 2015, when I moved to Venice, California, that my yoga journey really began. It was there that I cultivated my personal practice and discovered the many healing qualities of yoga for the body, mind & soul. After experiencing the sudden and traumatic loss of my mom in 2014, yoga became a safe place for me to find strength and explore my grief. Only five years later, I lost my dad, and once again, was overcome by loss. My yoga mat reaffirmed itself as that reliable place to navigate an array of emotions, take control and adopt the perspective that life challenges lead us to grow and evolve.
A native Oregonian, born and raised in McMinnville, my husband and I came home to Portland in the fall of 2019 with our two pups. Trained at YoYoYogi studio in Portland, I’m a 200-hour certified yoga instructor. I’ve also completed Living Yoga’s Embodied Social Justice Training Program in order to volunteer-teach trauma-informed yoga classes in corrections and reentry, addiction treatment and recovery, and community health settings.
I truly believe that yoga is both a mind and body experience that offers the opportunity to practice mindfulness with every pose. Few things make me feel stronger, both mentally and physically. My intention as an instructor is to create these moments for others to experience within their own practice.