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I was born and raised on a farm in Newton, Kansas and recently relocated from Fort Worth, Texas back home to Kansas with my spouse. I am a yoga teacher, artist and musician. I have practiced yoga for the past 20 years off and on. Yoga has been a support to me throughout most of my life. What I have come to know is that yoga is for difficult times. It can help people who are suffering or who have suffered. As my own body has changed with age and having navigated thru breast cancer, masectomy surgery, and phantom pain; I have become more aware of and value the healing aspects of yoga. Also, as a woman in mid-life, I have learned to value the old saying… “We teach what we need to learn.” I believe that yoga is ideally suited for those chapters in life when we go thru issues of sickness, loss, grief, aging, and other major life transitions.
For the past 10 years I have felt a nudging to teach yoga, small classes and one-on-one (private) sessions. I got started a little later in life as I just recently turned 50. I know that I have a lot of life experiences, deep human understanding, and time to offer. I completed my RYT 200-hr Yoga Teacher Certification studying with Dr. Tiffany Denny at 3 Tree Yoga in Fort Worth. In my 3 Tree teacher training with Tiffany (who is a Doctor in Physical Therapy) I was invited to explore alignment, technique, intelligent sequencing, creativity, in a nurturing and yet somewhat theoretical and pragmatic way. You will find that my teaching style is nurturing and yet somewhat pragmatic.
In addition to my teacher training, I have also personally worked with a counselor who practices a modality of counseling called Somatic Transformation similar to Somatic Experiencing which is a practice of offering self-love and compassion to yourself when you are suffering from symptoms of anxiety, negative self-talk, critical self-talk, hyper-vigilance, difficulty trusting others, and depression. It is a practice that has helped me to learn to “ground” myself when I am "flooding" with difficult emotions-helping the nervous system come back to a calmer state. This practice of self grounding and meeting difficult emotions and symptoms with kindness, greatly informs my yoga teaching.
My hope is to facilitate a "Safe space" where yoga is accessible for anyone—even if you have never practiced yoga.
I teach combination classes combining form, flow, and restorative yoga poses along with breath work and mindfulness. I also teach older bodies and enjoy teaching chair yoga. In addition to community or public classes in Kansas, I offer private one-on-one sessions, workshops, and creativity retreats.
"Anybody who wants to can practice yoga. Anybody can breathe; therefore anybody can practice yoga." - T.K.V. Desikachar