What’s this all about?
“We cannot teach people anything; We can only help them discover it within themselves.”
You have within yourself all of the knowledge and the power to pursue your own best self. I’m just here to help you peel away the layers and try to find it. I want you to feel comfortable in your skin and to have a solid spacial and body awareness.
The idea is that you get to know yourself (your inner “self”, your outer body, all of it) so well that you are getting the most out of your practice. And hopefully not just the practice of yoga on your mat, but the practice of your life off the mat, too. (Let’s be honest, no one really knows for sure what we’re doing here. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, we’re all wingin’ it just the same.)
I don’t care if you can’t touch your toes, can’t stand on your head, or have no idea what the pose names are. Let’s stretch however far today will allow, let’s build some strength, and let’s rest easy because there’s no test at the end.
Let’s breathe together,
open up all the places we’ve closed ourselves down, smooth out the crunchiness we build up,
and let go of the crap
so your hands are free
to accept all of the wonderful things
the world has to offer you.
My own story…
I came to yoga because of dance. I’ve been dancing since I was a little kid and part of our training was to build flexibility, so we were always exposed to bits and pieces of yoga. Sometimes full yoga classes were included in schedules at intensives and workshops, and I usually thought it was pretty cool stuff.
In college I found myself facing a summer with limited movement options since I lived too far away from anyplace with adult classes to keep dancing regularly. I had already learned that my body starts to deteriorate quickly into degeneration and pain when I’m not moving, and my mental state does no better since I love movement, I crave it like most people crave air or potato chips.
A yoga studio by my house had an unlimited monthly pass that I could just barely afford so I went to seriously like every class because I was used to spending 8-12 hours in the dance studio and now had all that free time on my hands. And something magical happened. I fell in love. Not just with yoga, but with myself. My teacher Theresa May and her wonderful team at Santosha Yoga let me know that whatever I brought to my mat or to life each day, as long as I was fully present and breathing through it, was enough. It changed the course of my life.
In the spring of 2014 I completed teacher training through Santosha Yoga and became a 200-RYT (registered yoga teacher) through Yoga Alliance. I moved to Portland, Oregon right at that time figuring it was a good a time as any other to quit my lucrative real estate career and go for the more fulfilling (for everything but my bank account) career of Yoga Teacher.
I’ve never regretted that crazy awesome decision. The opportunity to bring yoga to others is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given by fate (or whatever). I’ve now completed the 500-hour level of training through Allison Duckworth at Karma Yoga, and I train (as regularly as my crazy schedule allows) with my teacher Audra Carmine at Love Hive Yoga.