About 15 years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom to “two under two”. As any parent who has been in this situation can tell you, the days are long with a baby and toddler, and by the time my husband arrived home from work I was ready for a break! Craving some movement, I found yoga at my local gym. What I stumbled upon was a class that offered everything I didn’t know that I needed…strengthening poses that challenged my stamina, long held postures that deepened my flexibility, and breathwork that made me, well, attentive to my breath—for the first time (!). I left each class with a sense of calm…a quieter mind and an inner peace that made me a better parent and a better person.
I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2018 through Hot Asana Yoga University. I have BS and MS degrees in Biology from Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including training in anatomy and neurobiology from the UNC School of Medicine. I like to approach teaching yoga from a more “scientific” perspective, using my anatomy knowledge to ensure proper alignment and safety in postures, and sharing with my students the growing body of scientific evidence to support the positive effects of yoga on the nervous system and overall health.
Born and raised in Broadway, I now live in Sanford with my husband and three teenaged children. I enjoy growing all kinds of vegetables and flowers, hiking, and being outdoors anytime.
Yoga makes people feel better. And when people feel better, they ARE better. Teaching yoga is my seva, my way to make the world better.
My husband and I have been married for 31 years and we have two grown daughters. 28 of those years were spent as a military spouse, supporting my husband’s career. My husband was stationed at Fort Bragg for most of his time in the Army and we have lived in Sanford for almost 15 years.
I have always been someone who was pretty aware of my body, but when I started taking yoga and learning to focus and be present in the moment, it brought that awareness full circle to include the mind, body, and breath. Because of this experience with yoga, I became a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher in 2015. I try to teach my students that finding their own mind/body connection is possible through feeling their breath in their bodies and by keeping their mind on task in the moment before them. Whether you are on the mat or in the world, taking the time to pause and breathe everyday and be truly present for all your moments can change your life!
I am currently working towards my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification.
I have been practicing yoga personally for about 13 years. Over the years I have found yoga to be much more than just a physical practice; it has taught me to slow down physically and mentally, and helped deal with emotions on a deeper level. I obtained my 200-hour teaching certification in 2018 and have been teaching ever since. I enjoy slower, mindful practices focusing on alignment and presence. I also enjoy a good vinyasa flow!
I love running, swimming, and anything outdoors. I am passionate about dogs and animal rescue and have been a volunteer with Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption for many years. I am originally from Buffalo, NY and have lived in Sanford for 23 years with my husband Bobby and our 9-year-old Gordon Setter, Maddie.
While living in Los Angeles in 2007, I hiked past a free yoga class in the park every day for months. Finally, my curiosity led me to try it out, and after a few classes, I was hooked for life. During this time, I was going through some difficult life changes, and yoga taught me how to connect to my authentic self. I came through with a profound appreciation for the power of the practice. Inspired by this power and the desire to facilitate this process for others, I began my 200-hour teacher training in 2009 at Yogaworks and completed an apprenticeship through Yogaworks to reach my 500-hour certification in 2013. I taught classes in the Los Angeles area until March 2019, when I moved to North Carolina with my husband and 3-year-old son.
My classes offer a safe, balanced asana practice that emphasizes proper alignment. I encourage my students to find that they can exceed their own expectations by connecting to their breath. I lead classes with compassion, guiding students toward self-awareness. I believe that through linking movement with breath the mind is cleared, and we are open to connect to our true nature.
I began my yoga journey when searching desperately to avoid back surgery for a long-standing low back injury. Being one who cannot sit still, I was determined to avoid the downtime that recovery from surgery would require. When both my physical therapist and surgeon suggested yoga, I was skeptical; however, I quickly found that having a stronger core and more flexible hamstrings meant better quality of life and pain management. Along the way I found the practice of yoga to offer more than just physical benefits. The mental benefits of yoga are the ones that serve me daily. I have learned to push, yet respect, my body’s limits. I now have the ability to again pick up toys form the floor, vacuum dog hair with ease, and carry heavy loads of groceries without pain. To top it all off, I fully expect to tie my own shoes at age 90! My flow classes are informal, fun, and energetic. My gentle classes are thoughtfully planned and nurturing. I am a 200-hour RYT and am currently in the process of obtaining my 500 hour training through Carolina Yoga company, with Sage Rountree—America’s leading expert in yoga for athletes.