MY CORE VALUES
Integrity. Education. Authenticity. Respect. Safety. Empowerment. Choice. Compassion. Connection.
WHAT TO EXPECT
I love to teach a breath-centric yoga practice to beginner-intermediate students. As a yoga teacher, I take the role of an educator and offer my students choice throughout our sessions. The result is a deeper understanding of their yoga practice and the way their body moves; empowering them to practice with greater confidence.
You can also find me on the water, teaching SUP Yoga and SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings.
WHY I TEACH YOGA
I teach to educate, to empower and to encourage choice through the practice of yoga. I love this approach to teaching because it gives me the opportunity to work with those who wish to truly learn how to use this practice to go deeper: to learn to self-regulate and care for themselves. I love to share the practice of self-inquiry as a means to look at what is going on beneath the surface: providing an opportunity to choose to make changes (through the physical practice, and otherwise) that serve their highest, most authentic self.
WHY I TEACH SUP YOGA & YTTs
I teach SUP Yoga because it’s just too much fun. I’ve been a water baby my entire life and have been teaching in, on, around and under water for years. Prior to teaching yoga, I taught swimming lessons, scuba diving, and a full-time diving instructor program. The moment I discovered that I could practice (yoga) on the water, I was sold. There is something so magical about practicing with the flow of water beneath a board: connecting you with nature and humbling even the most advanced yogi. And so, I developed a teacher training to share the fun with other teachers. Most importantly, I wanted to offer a thorough educational experience: one with emphasis on paddling and safety skills as well as keen environmental awareness. My goal is to educate prospective SUP Yoga teachers in all of the skills necessary to offer this practice safely and with confidence.
You can read more about my personal story: what brought me to yoga & keeps me coming back by reading my musings and signing up for my newsletter.
& if you're interested - feel free to check out my CV
MY STYLE OF YOGA
I love to teach vinyasa-inspired yoga: that is movement linked with breath, sequenced in a very intentional way. I believe in vinyasa because I deeply appreciate the meditative quality of linking breath to movement.
All of the classes I teach (on and off the water) are 'aquatically influenced.' This is because my passion and teaching began on the water - teaching scuba diving and swimming lessons from the time I was a teenager. So when I say aquatically influenced yoga, I mean it is fluid and playful and inspired by a quality of being on, in and around the water.
I call it a 'Modern School of Yoga,' because my style draws not only from more than one lineage and style of yoga philosophy but also because it draws on my former aquatic teaching background and therapeutic principles. It's a bit of a mashup that you just have to experience to understand what I mean.
In my classes, you will focus on consciously slowing your breath down and have the freedom to make choices that suit your body best throughout the practice. We know this to have a profound effect on the nervous system: regulating our stress response on, and then hopefully off, the mat. Seeing these principles understood - the empowerment to make personal choices that serve you best, and that of taking these tools off your mat into your life - that is what lights me up as a teacher.