I stepped into the world of yoga and there was no turning back.
My passion for movement started as a dancer. I loved the expression of emotion without words. Little did I know how important that would be. After graduating from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Texas, I joined a production company based out of Seattle and toured with them for 11 years. I worked my way up to line captain, assistant choreographer and eventually went on to choreograph my own shows. The shows allowed me to travel to fun exciting places while meeting interesting, wonderful people. Places like Bermuda, St. Thomas, Canada, & Lucaya Beach. When I decided to start a family the next chapter was teaching. And teach I did for 17 years. The rewards were amazing and selfless. The opportunity to give kids the avenue to express themselves without using words was priceless. Something I was very familiar with (more on that later.) I went on to open my own dance studio which I owned and operated for 6 years before passing the torch to another. The drama was not for me.
I fell in love with yoga and the connection of movement with intention. The love was instant. The marriage of movement and soul was inspiring. The breath (pranayama) and meditation were calming tools to help with my vocal spasms-Spasmodic Dysphonia. After years of struggling with Spasmodic Dysphonia-a vocal condition which spasms the vocal chords-I pushed past my fear and found my inner strength. I used to feel isolated, alone, filled with anxiety every time I spoke. Wanting so badly for others to not base their opinion strictly on how they hear my speech but, to dig deeper into who I am. I decided to not let it stop me…… “Do it through the fear” became my mantra! We are all so much more than our fears that we keep hidden in the corners of our spirit. I am obsessed with guiding others to expose their authentic self. Flaws and all!! After years of not speaking on the phone, not going to drive thru windows, and not standing up for myself, I am now unapologetic for my voice, for my opinion, for the space I take up and what I have to say.
I am known in my yoga class for creative sequencing with an inspirational vibe. People often refer to me as kind and a good listener. I love helping others find THEIR voice. Not their literal speech but, that inner voice-the bigger picture person. I am passionate about community and collaboration-offering workshops, retreats, and a Mindful Movement Yoga Festival in hopes of connecting. How can we support each other? How can we lift each other up and be heard? You can usually find me taking my dog to the park, on the computer organizing new ways to connect, loving my boys, and meditating.
I am 200 hour Yoga Certified; Meditation Certified “Awaken to Stillness”; Reiki Certified Master.
“Please join me on my journey and we can grow together.
Let’s do it through the fear!”