About The Teacher

Born and raised in the Midwest, I took my first yoga class in 2003 but found my passion and regular practice while studying Health Promotion and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa.  Before teaching yoga I instructed various fitness classes (e.g., kickboxing, boot camp, dance) as a certified American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Physiologist.

In Fall 2013, I began a 30-day intensive 200-hour yoga teacher training at Anamaya Retreat Center in Montezuma, Costa Rica. Under the instruction of Paula Tursi of Reflections Yoga and Peter Kaaberbol Kristensen of LagoCPH, I learned the key principles of yoga and teaching, receiving my 200-RYT certification alongside 30 other beautiful souls. I have actively taught in several cities throughout my tenure and am currently teaching in Austin, TX. In 2015 I co-founded the Yoga & Beer arm of Wabi Sabi Health and Wellness, bringing yoga to a new population of practitioners in an open and accepting space.

I believe the best teachers are those who continue their personal practice and are lifelong students. My grandfather instilled a love for learning,  exploration, and travel in me at a young age. I have attended yoga festivals throughout the country including the Dubuque Yoga Festival and Wanderlust-Aspen. My continuing education has included workshops in pranayama (breath control), spiritual development, Thai Massage, and yoga anatomy. I continue to travel to learn from teachers near and far because I truly believe that if you aren’t learning and creating new memories what is the point in living?

Since 2013 I have taught over 1000 hours of yoga in group as well as individual settings with students ranging from 1 to 90. My classes are filled with unique and exciting flows emphasizing breath and alignment aimed at creating a sound connection between mind, body, and spirit.  My favorite styles to teach are Vinyasa, Restorative, Gentle Hatha, Yin and Fusion styles of yoga allowing my students to find their own breath and flow in practice. My primary interest is creating optimal wellness through all facets of life and using yoga as a moving meditation to encourage my students to find themselves and their heart in this world. Come flow and explore with me today!

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