To be a yogi is to be courageous. I always considered myself a courageous being. At times, this quality got me into a lot of trouble. I love thrill and adventure, I was never afraid to love, rarely afraid to fall, and always willing to take the path less traveled while looking fear in the face.
But yoga taught me the courage to also look inside and embrace silence and stillness; all the things that are not so “thrilling”, and most importantly myself. It taught me to be more balanced with courage and to know when boundaries are necessary to remain safe, to move and grow with more ease, and to keep good company within my life.
I bravely stepped out on my own and opened Sundance Yoga Studio (voted best studio in 2001) in Houston, Texas back in 1999 when there were not so many of us in Texas. With very little experience in yoga, it was a gamble. But I had a deep love for something that I felt compelled to share with others.
What a great “path less traveled” this became!
My formal path began in 1996 with the lovely, Raye Lynn Rath, one of the first senior teachers of Anusara Yoga, receiving my 200 hr Teacher Certification from her in 1998. Being so lucky to live in the same hometown as John Friend (founder of Anusara Yoga), I was introduced early to this system, in 1999. Receiving the majority of my hours with Raye Lynn, John Friend and Mary Romeu, also one of the first senior teachers of Anusara, as well as, the infectious and lovable, Douglas Brooks, studying the Tantric Philosophies. John was paramount in my training, however Mary to this day, I feel as my true teacher. She brought me the feminine, softer quality, incorporated with strength that I needed most in my teaching, and in my own personal practice. I offer my deepest gratitude to the students, to Mary and to the rest of the Anusara community that have helped me along this path of growth and knowledge.
By 2003, I had received well over 500 hours of intermediate and advanced training, all within the realms of some of the best teachers within Anusara and had already taught thousands of hours of yoga. I then sold my studio and took a year off for reflection, personal practice and travel. I believe this time to have been one of the most important steps in my evolution as a teacher. From 2005-2009 I worked as the Director/Head Yoga Instructor/Thai Yoga Massage Therapist at MindBody studio, Mint Fitness, in DC until moving to Switzerland in 2009. In 2008 and 2010, I co-designed/directed two – 200 hour teacher certifications trainings in Houston, Texas and in Lugano, Switzerland I was employed at the Lead Yoga Instructor for 2- 200 hour Teacher certification trainings in 2015 & 2016.
I continue as an “Anusara Inspired registered” teacher because it reflects what I teach, it’s the system I know, the system I love, however I have expanded my knowledge and passion beyond Anusara and found my own creative path. I believe my gift in teaching has developed into one that explores creative ways for all types of students to move from the Outside In and discover how the body itself can connect us deeper into a spiritual path of Love. This quality was founded from Anusara, but blossomed from personal practice and exploration and from the thousands of classes I have taught over the years with a deep love to help others have their own self discoveries. I will forever be a student of yoga, both on and off the mat. I find it a journey that never ends, only pulsates with new and diverse explorations. My hope is to help others to know their own path more clearly, to be courageous on the journey of self discovery and to have fun doing it!
1995 – Graduate Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Texas @ Austin
1998 – Certified 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, The Yoga Institute, Houston Texas
1999 – Founded/Directed Sundance Yoga Studio, Friendswood, Texas
2003 – Reiki Master Level 1 Certificate
2004 – Sold Sundance Yoga Studio, Friendswood, Texas
2005 – Certificate in Holistic Nutrition, The Basics of Herbalism & Holistic Structure & Function of the Human Body
2005 – Registered Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) – 6 years specializing in Anusara Yoga (primarily John Friend, Mary Romeu, Raye Lynn Rath, Douglas Brooks and Doug Keller)
2006 – Certified Advanced Thai Massage Therapist, Tao Mountain, Pierce Salguero
2006 – Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians 30 hrs, Tom Myers
2006 – 2008 Studio Director, Mint Fitness, Washington DC
2008 – Lead Trainer/Director 200 hr Teacher Training, Sundance Yoga Studio, Texas
2010 – Lead Trainer/Director 200hr Teacher Training, Sundance Yoga Studio, Texas
2011 – Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI – Anatomy Trains) Part 1 – Structural Vision 75 hrs, James Earls
2014 – Lead Trainer 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Roof Lugano, Switzerland
2015 – Lead Trainer 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Roof Lugano, Switzerland
2016 – Hands-on Human Dissection 35 hrs, Gill Hedley