I was fortunate to begin practicing yoga in 1999, thanks to Grace Morales, one of Charlotte’s first yoga pioneers. We practiced Ashtanga in a tiny heated room in her house while listening to David Swenson on tape. A year later she opened a studio and I started teaching Hot 26 classes for her within the first week. From that moment on, I knew I had found a new passion…teaching yoga. I have a smashup fitness background including, dance, gymnastics, competitive aerobics, martial arts, running, mountain biking and I have taught about every type of organized exercise class possible, to include providing over a decade of personal training. However, nothing holds a candle to yoga because the benefits are abundant. You can improve your flexibility, strength, balance, posture, body awareness and overall cardiovascular strength but what you will soon realize is there is so much more to yoga. My love for yoga continues to grow deeper as my practice evolves. Yoga is teaching me the importance of slowing down, that life is a process, that my best is good enough and that connecting to my breath, my thoughts and my emotions allow me to be more fully present and in doing that I can live a more connected purposeful life.
Yoga is moving meditation to me and I feel grateful every time I get to guide one person or 100 people through a yoga practice. Yoga is a journey of the mind, body and heart. There is no end…just new possibilities every day.
Teaching style: Balanced, upbeat and tailored to the type of class I am teaching and the yogi’s that are in class. I am always looking to give the most advanced yogi a place to take a posture deeper while providing modifications so everyone has a safe place to go. I love putting together cool music mixes, classes that challenge the body, open the heart and calm mind…and I LOVE to assist and encourage. I teach from my heart and have a sincere desire to help people achieve their personal best and to live healthier more content lives.
I am blessed to be a teacher but value the importance of being a student so I respectfully give credit to the many wonderful teachers that have inspired and influenced me over the years. Grace Morales, Johnna Smith, Suzanne Bergen, Tanner Bazemore, Barron Baptiste, Brian Kest, Shiva Rea and (Kancho) Cameron Shayne. I have learned that in order to continue to grow you must have desire, an open heart and an open mind.
I founded WeIlness Coalition America (WCA), a health advocacy company over a decade ago and just left the business behind to make room for new possibilities. I launched Empower Health, Inc. in November 2014 and I am working on building a brand I trade-marked, Train For Life.
We are all so fortunate to be part of this amazing yoga community…Charlotte rocks! ☺