Besides being an animal lover, nature enthusiast, and creative spirit, I’m a certified yoga instructor who specializes in Forrest Yoga, Yoga Tune Up®, and Roll Model Method® myofascial release, as well as other mindful movement and meditative practices. I am also recently the owner of the Midland Yoga Co-op yoga studio. My goal as a yoga teacher and my dharma as a human is to support and inspire others to feel more at home and empowered in their own bodies, and to hold space for my students to cultivate curiosity about their own inner experiences and facilitate a nourishing mind+body+spirit connection.
Since I am a huge anatomy nerd and love to educate others on this topic, my classes are often infused with my fascination with functional movement and embodied exploration of the body’s inner mechanics because I believe in helping others feel more at home and empowered in their own bodies. In my classes, expect to be given choice and autonomy, use plenty of yoga toys, learn smart movement patterns to get your body out of pain, learn a little somethin’ about yourself, and maybe giggle a little with (or at) me and my terrible corny jokes. My teaching style is from a functional approach, and always inclusive, body-positive, and trauma-informed.
After finding yoga - specifically Forrest yoga - I have truly found myself and felt my life completely transform in more ways than seemed possible, which led me to become a yoga teacher in 2016 - quite the pivot for someone who has two degrees in architecture! I am now beyond grateful to be a full-time yoga teacher and have over 2100 hours (and counting!) of teaching experience, but I consider myself first and foremost to be a student of yoga. I have continued to learn and hone my teaching skills by attending numerous continuing education programs and various other learning opportunities, totaling over 660+ hours of formal yoga education - earning the designation of E-RYT200 and Level 3 in the Forrest Yoga system. More recently, I have been branching out to be a teacher of teachers, specifically offering yoga anatomy continuing education opportunities for yoga teachers as a YACEP.
I'm a Florida girl at heart but am now based in Midland, Michigan. When I’m not teaching and practicing yoga, I can often be found spending time outside exploring Michigan’s abundant natural beauty or working from home in my plant-filled mid-century modern house – probably with one of my cats snuggling in my lap.
My Mission as a Yoga Teacher:
Empowering people to embody their bodies through anatomy-forward and outside-of-the-box mindful movement practices.