I am a student and teacher of Ashtanga yoga in Austin, Texas. Born and raised in the Midwest, I am an honorary Texan and an Austinite at heart.
For me, the seeds of yoga were planted early. As a quiet, introverted child, I would often retreat to the basement of my parents' house and explore the connection between breath and sensation in secret on the dusty floor. My study of the breath continued through childhood and adolescence as an equestrian, runner, and vocal performer, culminating in experimentation with asana at the age of sixteen. Though I did not begin my practice in earnest until my early twenties, the thread of yoga has been a constant in my life.
I have always been intrigued by the therapeutic power of yoga, and have personally overcome migraines, addiction, depression, and chronic illness with a mixture of yoga and Ayurvedic techniques. It is my belief that consistent yoga practice can be a powerful catalyst for personal transformation, a path toward authentic self-expression, and a ready source of clarity and strength.
Education & QualificationsI have been a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance since 2010. I earned my 200-hour RYT certification from APY of Dallas and my advanced certification from Yoga Yoga in Austin. In 2011, I trained with James Fox of the Prison Yoga Project to teach yoga in prisons and jails.
I have studied Ashtanga yoga with David Swenson, Shelley Washington, Matthew Sweeney, and Greg Nardi, as well as local teachers Sharon Moon, Selena Pang, and Jenny Russo. I have sustained a daily home practice for nearly 10 years, with all of the trial, error, adaptation, and alone-ness that entails.
In 2014, I graduated summa cum laude from Texas State University with BAs in both philosophy and English. I will return to campus Fall 2015 to pursue a master's degree in rhetoric & composition.
I have studied nutritional therapy and Ayurveda, and I am currently completing 800 hours of yoga therapy training with teachers Chase Bossart, Elizabeth Cunningham, Robin Gueth, Mark Uridel, and Rachel Hector. I expect to complete this program in 2017. In the meantime, I teach and practice yoga almost every day and learn more from my practice and observing my students than from all of my training combined.