In 2011, I moved to Austin from the West Coast. I began attending yoga classes as a way to meet new people and move my body. My practice quickly deepened beyond that, however, and transformed me at every level of my being from the physical to the energetic.
I moved often during early childhood and lived with a parent struggling with mental illness. This, coupled with my own experience of depression, led to a lifetime of searching and pondering what makes us who we are, as individuals and as a society. Though I was able to manage my depression by the time I was in my mid- twenties, it was not until I began my serious, regular practice in 2011 that I felt safe and strong enough to make friends with it.
My practice has taught me that I am whole no matter what I am feeling or going through. I learned about physical and emotional containment, what it means to embody experiences. I have come to feel that my body is my home, regardless of external circumstances. I have learned and felt that the mind and the body are not separate, but one in the same.
Yoga is really about connection: connection to reality exactly as it is, connection to community, connection to Earth, and connection to yourself.
My primary focus as a teacher is you! I will remind you of your own innate ability to heal yourself, that you do not need to ‘fix’ yourself or your life, and that peace comes with the radical acceptance of life as it is. The physical body is necessary to heal and move through past traumas. To be fully conscious in the present moment is to be fully present in your body and breath. Through deep, mindful movement you can shift energy and habits, creating space for fresh experiences. Every situation, no matter how exciting, boring, or painful, is an opportunity to drop into the present moment and feel what it is to be alive.
Pause, take a deep breath, feel your feet on the earth. Now, open up to the moment - all of it. This is you, here and now.