I turned to yoga in my 20s to rehabilitate from a rotator cuff injury. Initially it was the physical benefits that kept me rolling out my yoga mat day after day. Once I began learning about the philosophy behind the physical practice, yoga became something that changed my life. In my late 20s I reevaluated my life, left my job in the corporate world and took a year off to study yoga in New York. It is because of how yoga has changed me as a person that I am still doing it today and love teaching it to others. I believe wholeheartedly that the breath holds the key to bringing together the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga…ultimately leading to total transformation. I have been teaching yoga in St Louis for 18 years and have over 12,000 hours of teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities. I am a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and offer a 200-hour Foundational Yoga Teacher Training and 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.
My group class styles are vinyasa flow and hatha yoga. Whether you like the flow of vinyasa or a slower hatha type class, I encourage students to focus on connecting breath with movement to create a meditation in motion. I view my students as snowflakes…meaning no two students bodies are exactly alike. Through my teaching, students learn how to modify the poses for their unique make up. I have a compassionate style which encourages students to alter the practice as needed based on whatever they may have going on. I think most of us take things too seriously, so I bring a lighthearted attitude to the yoga mat that helps make yoga enjoyable and accessible to everyone! I strive to inspire, challenge and empower students to take responsibility for their practice…on and off the yoga mat. I teach group classes, workshops, customized private lessons, chair yoga for seniors and special populations and teacher trainings.
I am grateful to the thousands of students over the years who have been my greatest teachers, and also to all the wonderful instructors whose wisdom have informed my teaching — especially Beryl Bender Birch. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!