Teaching Philosophy

I have been practicing yoga since 2009 and in 2013 trained with Ana Hough of A2 Yoga. My classes are generally Vinyasa style but often interlace aspects of Hatha for a balance of flow and stability. I also incorporate mindfulness practices in yoga classes and customized mindfulness workshops to encourage greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and communication.

Before completing my teacher training program I studied Women’s Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Through my studies and involvement in peer education for sexual health and sexual violence prevention I became interested in health disparities and passionate about empowering others to maintain their own good health and wellness. I returned to school and earned my Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health. Today I work as a Health Coach at the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, MI. I remain interested in how health manifests across positionalities. I am specifically committed to exploring the connection between the different parts of ourselves (body, mind, emotion), and our connection to our communities.

My own yoga and meditation practices have been one of the most powerful ways I have been able to improve my physical body and spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Creating more accessible opportunities to share the power of yoga and mindfulness with the communities I love is a passion and focus for me.

I approach my teaching practice by catering to the unique needs and levels of each class and each student. I strive to create a yoga practice most empowering for my students, whether it is an individual with a sports injury, a group of teenagers seeking a higher level of confidence, survivors of trauma in need of physical and spiritual healing, or someone simply looking for a way to deal with the happenings of life. While pain is never an acceptable goal in my classes, feeling challenged to see past the boundaries we’ve put up for ourselves is certainly an intention I hope to cultivate in others.

I always operate under the assumption that I am merely a guide in the participant’s personal exploration of self. At the same time, I find the communal aspect of class crucial in it’s emphasis on interconnectedness and community level support.