What’s your yoga story?
I first stepped into a yoga studio back in 2013. I was searching for something to compliment running and quickly fell in love with the practice of Power Vinyasa and then Bikram. That following year in 2014 I graduated from my first 200 hr. YTT and then moved to the mountains. There I discovered how to really slow down and be present on my mat. I realized how important moments of pause are and how sometimes all you need is to simply connect to your breath. I returned to Denver and completed my 300 hr. YTT in 2017. Where I gave myself permission to nourish this softer lunar side of me. Along the years I have spent many hours seeking knowledge and learning about Power Vinyasa, Kids Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, LoveYourBrain Yoga and Mediation, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. These days my practice is about honoring where I am each day and being present with that. This consists mostly of softer Slow-Flow practices, daily Yoga Nidra, and some Vinyasa.
What’s your favorite way to slow down?
I love to slow down in nature and understand this to be a non-negotiable to keep myself in alignment with my true self. Whether it is a day hike in the mountains or as simple as taking my shoes off in a grassy spot around the city and earthing for a few minutes. Nature nourishes, balances, and calms my nervous system.
Describe your most peaceful day.
Waking up slowly, making coffee and listening to NPR. Then going out for a slow walk around Cheesman Park with my dog, Maverick. Sitting underneath our favorite tree and reading while soaking up some sunshine. Finishing up the day with a bath, lavender, tea, legs up the wall and Yoga Nidra.
Why do you love teaching Supportive Yoga formats?
There is something so powerful that happens when we move into moments of stillness and focus on the breath. It teaches one to acknowledge emotions that may arise and then to release them. We learn to welcome what comes and let go of the things we no longer need. This is where healing happens. Our bodies are extremely intelligent and when we quiet the mind we begin to connect to our intuitive wise self.
What is mindfulness?
Tuning into the senses and sensation in each moment. To allow the breath to drop us into present awareness where we are not hanging onto the past or anticipating the future. Right here, right now with loving compassion.