What inspires you the most?
I would have to say Nature. Exploring and being in nature’s presence is where I feel a sense of stillness, inner peace and connection. Hiking and walking through tall trees, beautiful fields and flowing streams of Mother Earth is absolutely so inspiring. There is truly something mystical when I am surrounded by her vastness. I am able to slow down, have more space to let go of pressure and expectations I put on myself and feel more present in the moment. I have so much appreciation for all of nature’s beauty, sweetness and mystery, which inspires wonder, as well as a sacred space to welcome all that arises and unfolds around me and within me.
Who is your hero & why?
My mom. She was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 46, and fought and survived it for 10 years. Her prognosis was not good when she was diagnosed, and she chose to find the greatest amount of strength, hope and perseverance that I have ever seen in a person to fight it as long as she could. My mom always had such grace, compassion and genuine care for others and for life itself, which she was able to stay true to herself in these ways throughout her battle with cancer. She encouraged happiness and was a free spirit, and she and I had such a strong connection, which I still feel strongly, and I continue to use her as a guide within myself to come back to my inner resources and remind myself of the importance.
What is your hometown? Where do you currently live?
I am from and grew up in Marion, Ohio. I live in Delaware City and have been here for almost 13 years. I love the community of Delaware.
What are your trainings/ certifications/ specialties?
200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga On High
iRest Level 2
Accessible Yoga Teacher Training
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
Currently in 300 Hour Yoga TT program
What is your favorite thing to do?
I love spending time with close friends and family, taking my dog on walks and exploring nature. I also absolutely love gardening!
What is your favorite yoga pose?
What has yoga done for you?
Yoga has helped me to practice allowing time and space to be present with myself and find connection, grounding and balance. I give a lot of time, attention and energy to others with the work I do, which I love, and yoga helps to give space to myself to breathe, and explore within to allow and welcome what needs attention for my overall wellbeing. Yoga has truly helped to calm my nervous system overall, on my mat and off, as I can easily come back to my breath and find grounding in so many situations in life.
What is your charity of choice?
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
American Cancer Society
What is your favorite quote?
“Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves.” —Pema Chodron
How would you best describe yourself in 3 words.
Compassionate, Kind and Reliable