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I’ve been practicing yoga for over thirteen years…each passing day, month, and year brings me into deeper relationship with the practice, myself, and others. Yoga teaches me to unravel the intricacies of my heart… each passing year guides me to new corners of my being that require attention. My hatha yoga practice has taught me to pay attention to my body… that there is much to be learned from this body, and that the body is a gateway to wisdom, presence and love.

About ten years ago, an unexpected series of events led me to take my first teacher training (I didn’t intend to be a yoga teacher at the time)… which led to another training… and yet another. I had a voracious appetite for learning about yoga. I was drawn to Anusara Yoga because of the elegant alignment system and sequencing strategies, which I draw from heavily still. After completing over 400 hours in Immersions and Teacher Trainings with the most masterful Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell, I dove headfirst into a more esoteric, yet profound course of study with Yoga Studies Institute.

Thru hundreds of hours working with YSI and my personal teachers, I became immersed in rich study of the essential yogic and Buddhist texts. My practical physical knowledge of the poses grew to be paired with an ongoing, unfolding understanding of the subtle body, yogic philosophy and meditative practice…. My training, most especially, includes shamatha meditation and mindful-self compassion and I investigate these methods with teachers, friends and students regularly in formal and informal learning settings.

I started teaching yoga in 2010, to a group of High School Students in Tucson, Arizona. Shortly thereafter, I spent some time teaching the good folks at Yoga Oasis in Tucson, amidst traveling and partaking in philosophy studies with a close Buddhist teacher, Mira Shani. I continually study the deep messages of yoga and Buddhism with Kimberley Theresa Lafferty, Mira Shani, Jarret Levine, Kira Sloane, Douglas Veenhoff and others.  I currently live and teach in Corvallis, Oregon; I am certified to teach yoga at the 500 RYT, 200 E-RYT level through Yoga Alliance. I’m finishing a graduate degree in Applied Ethics with a focus on Buddhist/Yogic philosophies, and special interests in psychology, gender considerations and adult teaching methods.  I am writing my thesis on the portrayal of motherhood in Tibetan Buddhist literature as it compares with the experience of contemporary North American mother-practitioners.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Ould