I found yoga in 2013 in a quest for support for my weary body, mind and spirit. I was three years into my career as a child welfare social worker, traveling to Africa every quarter, collaborating on projects for vulnerable kids and struggling with secondary trauma and burn-out. I was also deep in the grief-filled process of deconstructing my Christian faith. As a born and raised southern Baptist from rural Alabama, this was a real identity crisis.
Yoga taught me how to work with my breath, which has been a game changer in navigating stress and anxiety (a continuous work-in-progress). Over time, yoga helped me heal my relationship with God (or whatever you’d like to call Her—Higher Power, Universe, Flying Spaghetti Monster). I no longer believe that God lives outside of us and that we have to “be good” to earn that love. I believe that God lives inside the heart of every single one of us, just as we are, and a consistent practice helps us reconnect to our own divinity.
I became a yoga teacher in 2020 through Twist Yoga’s 200-hour program in Edmonds. My goal as a teacher is to share the practices which have a profound impact on my life and continue to save my ass on a daily basis. I’m so honored to teach at my home studio among some of my favorite teachers.
What can you expect in my classes? Mindful movement, breath and sound practices that are gentle and trauma-informed. My classes aren’t focused on “getting a good workout.” We may sweat and we’ll definitely experience physical benefits, but the main work is to steady the mind, move the body in ways that nourish and feel good, and connect with Spirit through devotional practices. I believe there is enormous power in chanting and using our voices. That may sound heavy and serious, but don’t worry… we won’t take ourselves too seriously. Laughter is one of my favorite things and I believe healing often sneaks up on us through fun and play.
When I’m not on my mat or chanting with my harmonium, I continue to work in child welfare. These days my work is local to Washington and my passion is helping young people heal from trauma. I’m a late-in-life student of the violin and enjoy all types of music. I’m married to my college sweetheart and we have two 10-year-old Australian Shepherds who bring us joy every single day.
I’d be honored to share a practice with you and hope to meet you on the mat soon!