Hello and thank you for being here.
I first discovered yoga and meditation during college studying Human Rights and Social Justice, but began deepening my practice while I was working as a Program Coordinator and Advocate Counselor for underserved and marginalized youth/young adults in New York City. My yoga practice quickly became a ritual of self-care; a space to breathe and feel and rest so that I could show up and do better each day. After five years of working in non-profit education and youth development partnerships in NYC, I moved with my partner to Abu Dhabi, UAE.
I completed my Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in the sacred Kathmandu Valley of Nepal with Heather Elton. So much gratitude to her, Annie Seymour at Mahalaya Nepal, & the teachings of Dr. Andrew McGonigle ("Dr. Yogi") and Emil Wendel.
I am also an Accessible Yoga ambassador, certified Yoga for All teacher, and hold additional training/certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Teen Yoga, Yogic Studies with Seth Powell, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) with The Justice Resource Institute, and Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy.
With a background in activism, restorative justice practices and social justice work, my yoga practice has and (inevitably) continues to align with the teachings of trauma-informed yoga.
I believe that yoga is a practice of liberation. It begins in the body, but it doesn't stop there. It is a practice of compassionate action. It is seeing the reality of injustice while envisioning something better for all of us. At the same time, I acknowledge and honor the deep roots of yoga and mindfulness practices, which ultimately are not mine to own or claim.
I am currently enrolled in an ongoing Yoga Therapy certification with the Yoga Therapy Institute (IAYT and based in the Netherlands). I am also on the faculty for Heather Elton's Yoga Teacher Trainings (London and Nepal) where I facilitate modules on Trauma Informed Yoga.
At the start of 2020, I returned to the United States to my home state of Michigan. I am living and working on the indigenous lands of the Peoria and Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi) / Kalamazoo, Michigan USA.
Most recently, I became an external member of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's Anti-Racism Transformation Team which is committed to dismantling the racist policies and practices that exist within the foundation.