poses by pistacchio

500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance

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 savasana.  

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 lead.  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 headed to the mat for answers and solace, 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 peace, (I'm still working on enlightenment :) and Tahnee and Janelle inspired me to find my voice and develop my own style. 

I began teaching in 2012, with weekly restorative classes.  Simultaneously, I started teaching Stand Up Paddleboard yoga, because of my background in swimming and lifeguarding.  My first three years teaching focused on slow flows, hot yoga, and SUP.  Whenever I got the chance to throw in a kid's class, I was excited to try.   

I am currently working on my 500-hour training at Yoga Vermont.  This training is ashtanga based, so you'll find my flows a lot stronger than when I started!  I teach weekly classes at Valley Glow Studio, in Waitsfield, VT and occasionally 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.