When I first found yoga in 2010, I thought was that yoga would provide a “good stretch” to compliment my marathon training. At the time, I was running upwards of 50 miles per week; my body was tight and chronically sore. Soon after I begun doing yoga, I discovered that yoga offered me so much more than just a stretch. Yoga armed me with the tools to navigate the stress of life in Silicon Valley as a single mom and widow. It also served as a path to deeper healing from the loss of several loved ones within a 2-year period of time including my husband and step-father. From here on out, my view of yoga morphed from yoga as a “work out” to a practice where I “work [with]in”.
Becoming a Teacher
My path to teaching was a long and drawn out process. In 2012, I started my journey towards becoming a yoga teacher with a trip to India for a 100 hour collaborative training between Breathe Together Yoga (BTY)’s JOY of Yoga teacher training program and Yogalife‑International’s program. In the following year, I completed an additional 200 hours of training (Dynamic and Therapeutics) with BTY’s JOY of Yoga Program and immediately enrolled in the, now completed, 500 hour TT program.
Around the same time frame, I was confronted with unresolved issues surrounding a diagnosis of chronic back pain. I opted to continued study, logging 500+ hours towards my certification, and used my practice to navigate self-healing. The Ashtanga Yoga Method, with the Tristana (breath, posture and gaze), gave me the ability to find some separation from the discomfort, was a medium towards transformation and further healing. Through a mysore-style practice I was able to meet the discomfort each day on the mat and saw that, like the shapes made in doing the asanas, the discomfort showed up differently each day as well.
For upwards of 9 years, I have been on the mat practicing Ashtanga Yoga. This means doing the same sequence(s) of poses nearly every day of the week. Each day, the practice unfolds a little differently. Yet, I am never bored because the practice is like a mirror revealing my life and the emotions, pains, and struggles I am working through. To the observer, the practice is just the asana, or the shapes we make with our bodies. To me, however, the practice is one of reflection and self-study (svādhyāya, the 4th niyama). I remain dedicated to my mysore practice as it is invaluable to me.
In August 2019, I finally felt called to share the practice with others and completed the final steps of my certifications. In general, I am thrilled to be able to share my passion for yoga with others. I am most excited to share the Ashtanga Yoga Method, as it was so instrumental in my own healing. I am a student first. My six-day-a-week practice informs and inspires my teaching. I am so grateful for the practice, the healing it has brought me (physically and emotionally), and for the many teachers who have showed me the way.
In addition to yoga, my other play includes spending time with my sons, obstacle course racing (OCR), hiking/backpacking, running, and all things outdoors.