I grew up in the church, but when I was a teenager I chose to leave because I felt there was a deep hypocrisy happening and I was angry and confused. I found yoga a decade later and it was on my mat that I was able to reconnect to God, reconnect to my body and recognize the interconnection of mind, body and spirit.
As a life-long runner, I’ve always needed to move. I didn’t always have the language to understand why moving my body was imperative to my wellbeing, but running was my outlet for everything.
While a competitive runner I was very hard on my body, running through every injury I had and not knowing any other way. Then everything changed for me while living in a city where it wasn’t safe to run long distances outdoors. I joined a gym and this is where I was introduced to the physical practice of yoga and I began to get a glimpse of what it felt like to find comfort and ease in my body.
Soon I began to notice something else. As a survivor of sexual assault I didn’t realize how much I had dissociated from my body, how much I avoided feeling anything at all. I was afraid to feel. Yoga gave me the space to feel and release years of fear, rage, and grief.
I witnessed how this physical practice was providing me with tools for healing, but didn’t really understand why until I chose to take my learning off the mat. After many years of study I began to have a deeper grasp of what this ancient system was all about. A life-long journey back to the Self.
Today, my yoga practice is a place to build my capacity to cope with the complexity of being human. It offers resources to stay engaged when I want to look away and to face parts of myself that I feel ashamed of. It offers tools of resilience so that I can do hard things, stay in the work, forgive, and ultimately heal.
When we heal ourselves, we heal the world and healing the world is why I am here. To help create a world that is just and free for all.
We cannot heal what we will not face. If we do not transform our wounds, we transmit them.
This practice offers us the tools to look deep within, without judgment, and to grow and transform from there. To evolve into the highest version of who we are.
This practice has made me a better teacher. A better partner. A better mother.
Every program that I have created is meant to do this for you. They are invitations to build your resilience and your capacity to cope with what the world brings you. To transform your wounds into your creative offerings to the world.
To support your journey back to you.
Because your body already knows!