I have always identified myself as a runner and for many years, I avoided yoga despite knowing the benefits it could have on my running. I would occasionally attend classes but never followed through. When I moved to Charlotte a couple of years ago, a perfect storm of injury + opportunity led me to my yoga practice. I was training for my second marathon and dealing with yet another injury. I was stunned when my doctor delivered the news that I would continue to struggle with injury if I didn’t improve flexibility and work on the imbalances in my body.
I gave yoga another chance and discovered that the Charlotte yoga scene was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I quickly fell in love with the power vinyasa style of yoga and as the months passed I found myself wanting to be on my mat as much as I wanted to be out on the road. I was amazed by the transformation that my practice had on me both physically and mentally.
Since finding yoga, I have experienced fewer running injuries and set new marathon and half marathon personal records! Yoga has also taught me to slow down. Life doesn’t always have to be, “go, go, go!” After my last marathon, I decided to take a break from running to focus on my yoga practice and enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training with Johnna Smith and Tanner Bazemore.
I love practicing at Y2! In the studio, you’ll see me in ashtanga, hot vinyasa and super flow classes. Outside of the studio, you can find me running and teaching strength training classes at the Center City YMCAs. I also maintain a healthy living blog, Peanut Butter Runner, where I write daily updates about workouts, meals, running, yoga and general fitness and nutrition topics.
I am excited to share my experiences with my students. Expect to work hard and explore new ways to challenge and open your body in my classes. My goal is for you leave happily exhausted with a smile on your face and a clear mind!