Hi there. Thank you for visiting my profile. I am so honored to have the opportunity to teach here with Sellwood Yoga! I’ve been a part of the Sellwood yoga community since 2013. First as a student, then as a teacher in training, and now as a teacher. The family and community here are a home away from home.
I read a quote once about the practice of yoga that continues to echo for me, and that I hope gets embodied in my practice and teaching: “What if we thought of yoga not so much as self-improvement, but rather as self-discovery and self-acceptance.” To me, that is the beautiful and wonderful offering of yoga, and what I try to offer myself and those that I get to share my teaching and practice with. Curiosity, patience, self-compassion and choice are all an integral part of my teaching. I strive to create a space where people of all walks of life can feel safe, welcomed, and accepted, no matter of abilities or where one is at in their yoga practice and journey.
My teachings tend to gravitate towards and embrace the more gentle, restorative, slow and contemplative styles of yoga practice, which I believe helps us balance out all the on-the-go aspects of our lives with a time and space to slow down and quiet and still the body, mind and heart. I am a 500 hour registered yoga teacher and have received additional training and certifications in Yoga Philosophy and Psychology, Yin Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, and Subtle Yoga. I am also a certified meditation teacher and have training and certifications in iRest Yoga Nidra as well as Mindfulness Meditation. While the movement of yoga is lovely, what really draws me to yoga is the opportunity to develop a greater awareness, connection and acceptance of body, mind and heart. I use a lot of visualization, body and breath sensing, sound healing, chakra balancing, energetic touch, mindfulness and essential oils in all of my teachings in order to help enhance and deepen experience.
In addition, I am also a Social Worker and Trauma Therapist. I have a private practice in downtown Milwaukie, Heart and Healing Therapy LLC, that I co-founded with my twin sister, Sara, who you will likely see around and practicing at the studio. I love my work and the amazing people and families I get to meet along the way. I’ve found, both personally and professionally, that there are many different paths towards health, well-being and healing and that yoga and meditation can be part of that path for some people. I hope that we get to meet, that our paths will cross, in one way or another, sometime soon!
Please reach out with any inquiries or sharings!