I am a personal trainer and yoga teacher seeking to help students to "embrace discomfort" to find self-acceptance, balance and empowerment. I seek to share fitness with the same mindfulness, curiosity and ethics that guide my yoga practice.
I was born type A and gay and in a Southern Baptist family in Alabama. By the time I made it to college I was starting to have some mental and emotional issues that were manifesting in some extremely disordered behavior. I was beating myself up at the gym day in and day out, struggling with my beliefs and relationships, and suffering greatly with fear and anxiety about my future (in this life and beyond). This is where my yoga journey began. I had been attending yoga classes at my University's wellness center where I worked as a personal trainer. I was outgoing, friendly and flexible, so the fitness director recruited me for a YogaFit Level 1 teacher training. Being a "yes person", I went for it. With my conservative Christian background I was guarded to the expansive spirituality of yoga. I just wanted to teach the poses, but I could not deny the truth in the philosophy as it came to me in small, digestible pieces. To my surprise, the postures themselves were teaching me things! Divine truth was coming to me through the poses, sweetly and softly and giving me authentic joy and openness I had lost since childhood. After college I took my practice to the next level with a two year apprenticeship in a local studio. There I received the Ashtanga Primary Series as well as mentoring and teaching experience that further shaped me as a teacher. However at the age of 25 I hit a wall of fear as my inner turmoil and unresolved trauma began to break me down again. I moved to Durham, North Carolina where I discovered MindBody Centering Yoga (MBCY) and decided to do the 200hr teacher training. It turned out to be the most amazing and transformational experience of my life with the most unexpected results. Not only did I get my certificate, I was also liberated from my darkest fears and secrets. My rigid walls were no match for magic of authentic yoga, chakra healing, and loving sangha that I found in that training. It totally changed how I see myself in relation to the Universe and thus how I teach yoga and fitness.
Today I take much of the technical information I knew before about Kinesiology and human anatomy , combine it with what I have since learned about love and energy, and allow the truth and beauty of yoga to infuse my whole life. I am always learning and altering the way I teach. Each student I get to work with is a divine teacher for me. Life is not comfortable. We have to embrace that truth to be centered and happy and to rise to our fullest potential in this existence.
What is MindBody Centering Yoga?
MBCY is a sophisticated confluence of Master teachings from the arts and sciences of hatha/raja yoga, the grace of classical dance, psychology as the study of consciousness and the Mind, alexander technique as experiential anatomy, psycho-somatic neurology, energy medicine and spiritual sutra study for the modern world. [https://www.mindbodycenteringyoga.com/about]