I just want you to enjoy life. I want you to accept yourself for everything that makes you YOU. I want you to feel good in your body and mind. I’m here to share the tools to help you find peace in the difficult times, and gratitude in the happiest of times.
I’m here to help you practice yoga in the way that works for you. If you have a full time job that demands a lot of overtime and travel, if you’re running around nonstop with your kiddos, or you just have a hard time managing your time – it’s my goal to teach you how to take a few minutes out of every day for yoga and meditation so you can find clarity, calm and freedom in each moment.
Yoga is for everyone! I’m frustrated with the competition about which style of yoga is better. I’m annoyed that people criticize westerners for how we practice yoga as if it’s fake yoga. All of this egoism and judgement causes a lot of pressure. Many people have been practicing yoga for years, and are still confused if they’re practicing correctly, and so many people find themselves intimidated to even step into a yoga class!
This honestly makes yoga a little stressful when it’s supposed to create inner peace. This is counter intuitive.
Yoga is the quieting of the mind chatter (sutra 1.2). It’s dedicating yourself to finding joy in your life even if it means you have to suffer at times during the journey. It’s becoming a productive member of society by giving in the way that we know how. It’s finding compassion and love for everyone – even people that are so different than us that we can’t relate. It’s so many things, and these can all be achieved with or without postures.
This blog will help you find yoga in everything you do.
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I’ve been teaching since 2011, and I started The Yogi Movement back in 2013. I started my yoga journey right after I graduated college. It was 2003, and I went to a class at the local YMCA with a friend. After that first class, I was hooked and wanted to know more.
I just practiced yoga postures on and off until 2009 when I stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga. I wanted to take my practice deeper, so I researched yoga studios in the area. I knew that I wanted to try a style that challenged me from the inside out, so I searched for a traditional style of yoga. I found an Ashtanga studio where they explained the practice was focused on the 8 limbs of yoga. Even though you’re practicing postures, you’re also learning all of these other mindful, meditative, and healing aspects through this practice.
I completed my teacher training apprenticeship 2011, and studied The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which is a book I reference daily, and learned in the second sutra of the first book that yoga is defined as the quieting of the mind waves.
You know those crazy stories we tell ourselves? Those crazy scenarios that we run off with? Well yoga is learning to not run off with those crazy thoughts. Yoga is also about breaking negative patterns, accepting impermanence, cultivating compassion for all beings, and learning to love yourself! Our habits and patterns come out the most when we’re working on the mat. The mind can’t really be stopped or controlled, we just have cultivate awareness and learn how to work with it.
Even 5 minutes of meditation each day is enough to help create the habit of quieting your monkey mind.
Sometimes yoga is easy. Sometimes it isn’t. Yoga IS ALWAYS accessible to everyone.
It’s not always easy to know if you’re making the right decision.
Are you feeling fear, or should you trust your intuition? Is your intuition disguising itself as fear?
How do you know which is which?
Whether you’re just starting your yoga journey, or you’ve been at it for a bit, I support you wherever you are.
I can help you on and off the mat by giving you the tools to let go of negative habits, and fears and obstacles in your way. I want YOU to feel free, empowered, open-hearted, and live your greatest good in this world.
What brings you joy – brings me joy.
This is The Yogi Movement. A community free of judgement, rules, and intimidation.
From this point on – just promise me you’ll only do what lights you up inside.