|It wasn’t that long ago that I taught wilderness survival skills and environmental education to kids of all ages. One day the principle at one of the high schools I worked at, asked me to lead an all girls Yoga and Meditation class. While teaching poses as well as I could, I would theme my classes on female empowerment, body issues and self respect. After a year and a half of teaching yoga to teenage girls, it became time to begin teaching to a more relatable audience.
I first stepped onto my mat in the early 1990’s. It was a Bikram studio. Hot and Sweaty. I dove right into a consistent and driven practice. Bikram seemed like the perfect balance to the mountain bike racing and climbing that dominated my life. It seemed like the perfect combination, minus the now obvious realization of them all being extreme. While I don’t remember the first vinyasa class I took, I remember the one that changed my life. My dog, Spirit, had just passed; it was more painful than I could have imagined. An inspiration guided me to a class at Corepower in Boulder. I closed my eyes for the entire practice and I can still today recall the sensations and emotions that filled me as I flowed during that class. After class my teacher told me that she sensed an incredible energy shift in me.
|Soon after I began working as trade staff at Corepower and teaching yoga to high school students. A year later I made the leap and began the first of many teacher trainings. I became engrossed in learning and practicing. I would spend time away from the training teaching anyone I could, while maintaining an intense personal practice. After finishing the 200 hour training I wanted more and joined the Principle Based Partner Yoga Teacher Training at the Shoshoni Retreat Center. I had become friends with the founder, Elysabeth Williamson, and knew partner yoga would be a great compliment to my teaching but had no idea how profound it would be for my practice as well as my life. To this day I credit taking that training with my success as a teacher and person.
With two certifications in hand I once again dove in, teaching nine classes a week plus a weekly partner yoga class. In 2009 I added Acroyoga to my practice and recently received my teacher certification in Acroyoga. I am excited to add yet another element to my teaching with the fusion of acrobatics and yoga, a practice that has brought me so much joy. I now co-lead several teacher training programs a year, instruct a weekly new student workshop, and teach Acroyoga, partner yoga, and arm balance and inversion workshops on a regular basis. I also volunteer my time teaching yoga at several local high schools. Over the years I have worked on keeping a beginner’s mind which has helped me continue my education and the evolution my teaching style to keep it fresh and inspired.