In 2013, I took a yoga class on the beach while traveling through India. I had very little yoga knowledge or experience, and I probably had a confused look on my face the entire class, but I felt so peaceful and exhilarated at the same time that I knew I had to explore this practice further. These yogis obviously had a good thing going!!
After taking a few classes here and there at virtually every studio around the KC metro area (and beyond!), I walked into Core Energy Yoga for the first time in April 2015 and was immediately greeted warmly by the studio owner, Susan. After taking her class (she kicked my butt, by the way), Susan came right up to me to ask if I liked it and how everything felt. I instantly knew I had found a yoga community that would both challenge and support me, and help me grow both on and off my mat. In the summer of 2016, I couldn’t wait to share yoga with others any longer and I started my teacher training journey with Susan right here at Core!
My motto in life and in my practice is, “Come as you are, not as you think you should be.” Too often, people limit themselves and wait for the perfect moment when the perfect moment may never come. When we drop the concern for looking good and show up fully and authentically, our potential can be realized. Whatever you are seeking in yourself, you can find on your mat- you just have to show up and be willing to get a little messy. My teaching style is all about creating possibility, encouraging playfulness, and cultivating acceptance and self-love. As Baron Baptiste himself says, “You are great- just own it.”
When I’m not falling face-first out of crow pose (yes, yoga teachers fall out of poses just as much as their students do!), I can be found teaching engineering students about leadership at the University of Kansas, coaching my Girls on the Run team, traveling the globe searching for the world’s best pizza, or hanging out with the two cutest boys in Kansas City (my fiancé Wes and my very large but very cuddly St. Bernard Bootstrap).