Dear Native Souls,
I’m continually humbled to be here with you and to be able to share all parts of this practice that continue to save me. My journey to finding this practice was a long one, and far from easy. Having struggled with major anxiety and at times chronic depression for most of my years, 2010 was a beautiful year that first introduced me to yoga. By 2014 I was so immersed in it, that any signs of depression vanished and the anxiety much more manageable. I could breathe deeply for the first time and my world became so much more colorful. More importantly, I felt at home with myself.
My path as a teacher began to unveil itself rapidly. I obtained my 200-hour certification in the summer of 2014 and immediately started teaching a few classes a week. Having had a 25-year background in dance and a 10-year background in teaching dance, holding space for others as a yoga teacher felt like an effortless transition. I listened to the calling of making room in my life to be able to share this practice full time in 2016 and haven’t looked back since. As I explored and continued to develop my skills as a teacher, I also spent most of 2017 studying under the most incredible souls to obtain my 300-hour certification. I thank Carrie Owerko, Annie Carpenter, Mark Whitwell, Schuyler Grant, Clio Mannuelian, Joan Hyman, Noah Maze, Matt Phippen, and many others for being (and for continuing to be) intricate parts in my lifelong growth as a teacher. This is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
As a teacher, it is my mission to forever be a student of the practice. My personal practice and study is a huge part of my life. My Native Soul can only feel in authentic alignment to share this practice with you when I make being a student my top priority. My broadened mission expands into social justice as well. As a gay woman growing up in Oklahoma, I know all too well the heartache of not belonging or feeling accepted. It is incredibly important to me to educate myself and to do the work of making Native Soul Yoga feel welcome to all: regardless of race, gender, economic status, or sexual orientation.
I invite you to come explore your practice with me. It would be my greatest honor to be a paint drop in the epically colorful masterpiece of your existence and for this practice to empower you to paint the world with broad, unapologetic strokes.