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I was born and raised on a farm in Newton, Kansas and now reside in River Oaks, Texas. I am a yoga teacher, an artist and a 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. The thing is, yoga is for difficult times. The practice of yoga is not easy but it invites us to challenge so that we can "build our resiliency and to get stronger physically, emotionally, and spiritually to be able to go thru life with fewer distractions." Yoga helps people who are suffering or who have suffered. I have personally been able to navigate my way thru the trauma of breast cancer, masectomy surgery, and phantom pain with my yoga practice. This was an experience that I was able to handle with body awareness and kindness because of my yoga practice. Yoga has also been a way for me to understand myself and to connect more completely with God and others.
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 RYI 200-hr Yoga Teacher Certification studying with Dr. Tiffany Denny at 3 Tree Yoga in Fort Worth. In my 3 Tree teacher training Tiffany invited us to explore alignment, technique, intelligent sequencing, creativity, in a nurturing and yet somewhat theoretical and mostly 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 which is a practice of offering love and compassion to yourself especially 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 helps you learn to ground yourself when you are "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. My classes are for anyone regardless of age, size, health, well-being or the lack of well-being, addiction, trauma, or physical limitations and pain. Yoga is a practice that helps strengthen the physical body, the mind and the spirit so that we can become stronger as we move about in our daily lives.
My classes will be nurturing, accessible, intelligent, creative, pragmatic, and fun. I teach combination classes combining form (Hatha), flow (vinyasa), and restorative yoga--exploring blended combination classes. In addition to community or public classes in North Texas, I offer private one-on-one sessions, yoga for seniors, and I facilitate workshops. I am especially excited about yoga with creativity retreats.
"Anybody who wants to can practice yoga. Anybody can breathe; therefore anybody can practice yoga." - T.K.V. Desikachar