I started practicing yoga when I was 12 years old as a complement to my competitive dance career. As my practice deepened I began to realize not only the physical benefits of the postures but also the immense benefits that manifested in my emotional and spiritual life. Yoga helped me feel confident, centered, and powerful in a way I never had before, and in a way that countered the negative feelings toward my body that the dance world can sometimes impose on young girls.
The feeling of strength and radiance I gained through my practice is what inspired me to become a teacher. I completed my Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2017 at Yoga District in Washington, DC so I could help others feel the same way. Yoga District is a non-profit organization with seven studios in the DC area and a robust network of outreach yoga, serving populations in prisons, sexual assault therapy programs, homeless shelters, and underserved schools. After a year of teaching, I decided to further my yoga education by taking a trauma-informed teaching workshop through Connection Coalition, building on my outreach yoga roots. The workshop was an 8 hour training that prepared me to teach classes to individuals who have experienced sexual assault, eating disorders, and other types of trauma to the mind and body.
Now I am a student at the University of Michigan, which is also where I teach. I lead vinyasa style classes as well as trauma-informed yin, offered through the university’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. I strive to create classes where everyone feels included, empowered, and inspired. I believe yoga is meant to be challenging for the body and mind but accessible to all. Guiding people to peace, confidence, and happiness in their bodies has been such a gift for me as a teacher.
Class Offerings: Celebrate Self Love | Body Positive Yoga
This is a body positive class open to everyone, led by a trained trauma-informed yoga teacher. A class for those of us struggling with sexual assault, disordered eating, abuse, other traumas to the mind and body, or those who simply want to practice compassion and appreciation for their physical selves! We will celebrate our bodies, flow, stretch, jump, sit, and cultivate self-love through movement, music, and meditation.