My journey into the yoga community began in a small studio in Vermont with Charlotte Clews, in 2005. I came in, essentially in my long underwear after snowboarding all day, not having any idea what to expect. I peeled my boots off, and sat timidly on my mat. Yoga had been suggested to me because I have always had trouble sleeping. Sure enough, after an hour of practice, I was sound asleep in svanasana.
Yoga stayed fairly physical for me for the first few years. I used it as a way to train for surfing, snowboarding, and whatever other sport I was up to at the time. In 2007, I started my Master’s degree in Environmental Education, and yoga became "me time." My practice began to change from a physical workout into a place for me to unwind. I started to feel the stress leave my body after practicing.
In 2009, I moved from snowy New Hampshire to Grand Cayman. I jumped into rooftop sessions over looking the beach, and eventually met Kate Dunne, who I consider my first mentor.
Kate, a massage therapist and movement therapist told me there was no reason to wait for the right time to start a teacher training program. The time was now, and with her coaxing, I met my first teacher trainer, Diane Donovan. My first 200-hour training was spread out over the course of two years, and gave me plenty of time to think about whether or not I was ready to stand in front of a class and guide them. Diane’s method of teaching was very different from what I was used to. There was a lot more breathing and meditation, and for the first time, I was able to sit.
In 2013, I went through one of those life changing moments where I was left clinging on to the pieces of my life. I went back to yoga, and enrolled in my second 200-hour training with Tahnee Fournier and Janelle Kroon. For my body, my mind and my soul, that first session of teacher training was exactly what I needed. The practice took me out of my head and let me heal physically. Yoga has helped me find solace, and Tahnee and Janelle inspired me to get up and share my practice.
I am currently working on my 500-hour training at Yoga Vermont. I teach weekly classes at Valley Glow Studio, in Waitsfield, VT and monthly classes at an apple orchard in Maine. I am happy to be back in New England, where I can proudly say I've lived in all 6 states.