My life mantra: "learn, teach, learn, teach, learn"...
All of my teaching practices are fueled by a genuine passion for learning, possibility, and adventure.
Since I first landed on a yoga mat in 1998 I've watched my practice shift and transform into a cornucopia of modalities. A graduate from Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, I've been teaching yoga since 2006. I fell in love with slacklining in 2008, and my lust for adventure led me to the west coast for the YogaSlackers first Teacher Training in 2011. It was there, in the desert heat of Boulevard CA, where I learned acroyoga and the art of teaching slack-asana (yoga on a slackline).
I took my new talents on the road, instructing yoga and slacklining at festivals throughout CT, MA, VT, IL, CO, UT, CA, HI, Vancouver BC, and landed in OR. I currently reside in a tiny cabin nestled along side the tall pines of Mt. Hood. Oregon has nourished my love for board sports, so during my free time you'll find me surfing waves, snow, concrete, and of course our beloved 1 inch webbing.
A lifelong learner with a thirst for inquiry, I finished up my bachelor’s degree and decided to participate in two master’s degree programs, social work at Southern CT State University and counseling at Lewis & Clark College. I am currently using these studies as a middle school counselor, where I focus mainly on student first advocacy in a public school setting. Practing mindfulness with my students I work to develop their social, emotional, and academic awareness.
Back in 2005, my interest in natural healing/medicine brought me to the CT Center for Massage Therapy. I graduated from the wellness program there, specializing in Acupressure and Thai massage. Studying the depths of Traditional Chinese medicine while in massage therapy school helped me open up to Yin Yoga when first introduced to it in 2007. In 2008 I began my Yin Yoga teaching and Buddhist Psychology studies with Sarah Powers' Insight Yoga Institute. I currently practice with Presence Collective here in Portland, OR.
I am extremely grateful for all of the time I have spent with my original YogaSlacker family, as well as my teachers Caverly Morgan, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Jennifer Wellwood, Michael Stone, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Amba and Don Stapleton.
As a devout humanitarian with over 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training, my goal is to use my life's journey to help facilitate both authentic healing and positive change in the most playful way possible.
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