I started taking yoga classes in the late 90s. My early practice followed the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar, (an alignment and precision focused yoga with lots of props). I found these classes helped me focus my mind and improved my performance in other activities such as running and snowboarding.
In 2002, I took my first Bikram yoga class, a class I didn’t think I could even finish! I thought for sure I would throw up or pass out; I even tried to leave that class. But the instructor came over and quietly encouraged me to sit on the mat for a moment and just breathe. I made it to the end of class and by the final savasana I was hooked.
I practiced Bikram yoga, (almost daily for 5 years), participating in many 30-60-90 day challenges and frequently taking extra classes back to back. I learned so much through this practice, most importantly, I learned the value of just showing up, every day.
After so many years of Bikram, I began longing to learn more about yoga. One of my favorite Bikram instructors began offering Vinyasa yoga workshops and I found my excitement and passion for yoga ignited in a whole new way. I found Vinyasa was a perfect complement to my Bikram practice. Each Vinyasa class offered my mind a new challenge of staying present in the moment and the variety of postures strengthened my body in a whole new way.
In 2008, still seeking ways to deepen my practice, I attended teacher training at the Chicago Yoga Center. This training focused on the classical traditions of yoga, including the Ashtanga Vinyasa technique of K. Pattabhi Jois. Soon after completing yoga training, I left my fast-paced career in downtown Chicago to pursue a new path and moved to New Mexico.
For nearly three years I taught yoga and meditation at several locations in Albuquerque including the University of New Mexico. I created a “Yoga for Runners” program at a local running store. I volunteered at physical therapy clinics and sports rehab facilities to learn more about anatomy and injuries. Often teaching up to 15 classes a week, I found myself reaching teacher burnout.
Seeking to regain some balance, I took a few years off from teaching and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2014, I resumed teaching Vinyasa yoga and also increased my training as a teacher and a student. I completed a 200-hour Hot Yoga teacher training at CorePower Yoga in Portland, OR. I also became a certified personal trainer and indoor cycling instructor.
In 2019, I joined the team at Hot Yoga Northwest and am so excited to be part of this yoga community! I have been a student of this studio on and off for many years and so I am thrilled to make it my new yoga home!