I discovered yoga around 1994 the way many modern day Americans do… as a way to strengthen and de-stress the body in a safe, low-impact way. It took a long time for the practice to take root in my life, and when it finally did, I became dedicated to the exploration of yogic practice as a lifestyle. Because of my regular personal yoga practice, I was able to rehabilitate myself following an ice skating accident in 2007 that resulted in a skull fracture, concussion, and seizures. The practice of yoga is an evolving one, and my own experience with it has led me to a profound sense of inner peace, faith, and understanding.
My own practice today is a slow, intentionally mindful, but often intense alignment-based Vinyasa flow. I also enjoy a still, deep practice like Yin or Restorative. I practice Bhakti yoga– the yoga of devotional chanting and mantra and I play the harmonium, which I often use not only as part of my own practice but in group classes. Meditation and pranayama (breath practices) are a daily habit for me as well.
In my life, yoga has become a means to “connect the dots” authentically on a physical, mental, and energetic level– not only on my mat, but with whatever challenges come along. I live and breathe with gratitude the connection to life and spirit that this practice gives, every day. My goal is to help students, if they are willing, achieve those same benefits. I have led individual and group classes in the Richmond area since 2008.
I completed my initial education in June 2011 under Rolf Gates, meditation and vinyasa yoga instructor and author of the books Meditations from the Mat and Meditations on Intention and Being. I have also studied with Nikki Myers, founder of Y12SR— The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery. Connecting with Nikki and Rolf, who are both very public about their addiction recovery stories, gave me the support I needed to embrace my own recovery and actively seek healing on every level. I am now a National Leadership Trainer for Y12SR, leading trainings all over the East Coast. I am also incredibly grateful to have learned and continue to receive inspiration and guidance from other amazing teachers including Erich Schiffmann, Noah Levine, Tommy Rosen, and Krishna Das.
I am currently registered with Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-500 level and logged nearly 5,000 teaching and training hours in my first eight years as a teacher. I’m committed to ongoing education and consider myself a lifelong learner. As a Certified Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) I'm able to give continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance for yoga teachers and wellness professionals wishing to use yoga as a central or complementary focus in their work.
I’ve studied and received further certifications in Senior Yoga, Pre-Natal Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. I’ve taught students recovering from surgery, living with cerebral palsy, affected by early onset dementia and Fibromyalgia, and those in recovery from addiction, as well as athletes and professionals simply seeking to learn the basics to prevent injury and manage stress.
Because of my non-profit work with Project Yoga Richmond, I was honored to have been recognized in 2012 as one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40″ agents of positive change in Richmond!
I graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Eastern Religious Studies.
When not practicing and teaching yoga, I enjoy vegetarian cooking… I find bliss while running, hiking, biking or riding my scooter, Coco, throughout Richmond, or stand-up paddle boarding on the James River… but most of all, I love spending time with my husband Ben and our two rescue dogs, Carly, and Jasper, who give me lots of opportunities to practice yoga principles like patience and devotion “off the mat”…
I am honored to have worked with individuals since the very beginning of my teaching career. I offer asana practices based in flow or Vinyasa yoga which enhance strength, balance and breathing; Yin and Restorative yoga which offer the benefits of meditation and relaxation in addition to physical flexibility; and on occasion, Assisted Yoga which incorporates elements of Thai Yoga. My rates start at $50 and up per session, based on time and travel. One additional student can be added for Semi-Private instruction at no additional cost. For more information on pricing, please contact me.