I took my first yoga class in 2005 at the gym, and I felt really lost and embarrassed. I tried a few more classes at other facilities and decided yoga was not for me. I would play around with some videos at home off and on over the years, but it wasn’t until 2014 before I really gave yoga another chance…and it wasn’t by choice. I was recovering from a running injury and my PT prescribed (forced) me to practice yoga. There was a lot of resistance at first, and it took several more attempts to find a place I could practice and feel comfortable. Once I was fully recovered, I continued to practice a little yoga off and on at home.
I went to a beer festival in 2016 with my husband, and after a few too many IPA’s I placed a bid on a silent auction item for a 3 month pass to 502 Power Yoga. I had no idea where this studio was located or even what it was about. I was called two days later to claim my prize. I was going to just sell that pass for what I paid for it. I was struggling with several things in my life including severe anxiety and depression and didn’t feel “good enough” to go to a new studio. I decided to be bigger than my fear and give it a try. That was the catalyst I needed to change my life. I LOVED the practice, community, and changes I saw in myself both on and off my mat. I became a regular yogi, started working at the studio on the Energy Exchange Team, and was later trained to be on the Assisting Team. I used to laugh when some of my teachers and mentors mentioned me becoming a yoga teacher…no way!! Well… here I am.
I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with 502 Power Yoga in March 2019. I am continuing my studies to be able to teach chair yoga for those with injuries or limited mobility and kids yoga at the present time. I also currently teach with Kentucky Yoga Initiative to bring yoga into underserved areas of the city and Betsy’s Barnyard Yoga…cat or goat yoga anyone?? I am a “yoga nerd” and love learning new things to share with others. I know first hand the incredible healing power yoga has not only for the body, but the mind too. I love sharing this practice with anyone and everyone, but I especially love teaching beginners.
I live in Corydon with my husband, Nathan, whom you may see at some of my classes and is always so supportive and shares his humor. We have two long-haired black cats named Sir Purrs A lot (Spat for short) and Sophia. When I am not working as a dental hygienist or doing something yoga related, I love to be outdoors or chilling with family and friends. I enjoy hiking, going to yoga festivals, and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and yes, I even practice yoga on the paddle board sometimes. I’m always up for an adventure and want to LIVE LIFE LOUD!!!