When I first started practicing yoga at age 28, I was primarily interested in using it for a physical workout. I wanted to be pushed, challenged, and leave class feeling exhausted. I always felt better when I left class, and even though I did not fully understand the mental benefits of the practice, I was grateful for the physical benefits the class provided me.
As a young adult, I struggled with anxiety and depression. I used alcohol to help relieve my symptoms which worked for awhile, until alcohol use became a problem for me. I was looking for something to help alleviate my discomfort instead of dealing with the root problem. My spirit was broken. Yoga was an important part of my life, but I knew that I was not going to find peace until I dealt with my issues.
Now, two decades later, I view yoga in a completely different light. As both a teacher and a practitioner, I am interested in the physical and emotional healing that yoga has to offer.
I come across hundreds of students each week, and many of them are trying to heal. Everyone has a story: some students are managing painful physical symptoms, some have emotional trauma, and some are using substances like I was to mask their pain.
I understand the struggle. Whatever your story is, my hope is that I can provide a peaceful and supportive space where students can feel safe.
According to the ancient yoga texts, yoga is so much more than the physical asana practice. Yoga as a philosophy can be a way to find meaning and purpose in your life. Caring for the body supports our spiritual growth. My goal in working with students is to help build the strength and flexibility on all levels that’s necessary as we move through the challenges of life.