Yoga saved me in 2009. I know it sounds trite, but for me it’s true. I was in a stressful new graduate program, feeling isolated and depressed and disconnected from my body. A friend suggested yoga, and I felt so intimidated… but I decided to give it a try. The class I attended – a warm power vinyasa class – was not at all what I expected! It was sweaty and challenging and I left feeling a lightness in my heart that radiated outward. I was hooked.
Since that first class, yoga has become an important part of my life. Yoga is my happy place and my home. It brings me back into my body and reminds me that no matter where I am or what I am dealing with, I have the power within myself to breathe through it. When I close my eyes and listen to my breath and move my body mindfully I remember who I am. I remember what matters and I feel grounded again.
I became a 200-hour RYT certified teacher in 2016 after completing a teacher training at Yoga to the People in New York City – the same studio that had welcomed me into the fold all those years before. I taught at Yoga to the People for two years before moving to Lawrence in the summer of 2018. Immediately after taking a class at Lava Yoga, I knew this was my new yoga home. I am now so grateful to be able to teach in a space where the instructors are kind and inviting, the classes are dynamic and fun, and the philosophy is to make yoga accessible to all.