What inspires you the most?
The human body. It amazes me how it can learn and grow and do the incredible things it does. I enjoying seeing what mine can do. I’m a firm believer that we can get our bodies to do whatever we want them to do, we just need to put in the work.
Who is your hero & why?
My Grandmother, Mae Jarvinen (from Finland). She was the strongest, most badass woman I have ever had the privilege to be shaped by. She was the definition of “Girl Power” before it was even a thing.
What is your hometown? Where do you currently live?
I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota don’tcha know! Many a days when we were LITERALLY snowed in (not this crap here where they close the school if it snows an inch! Ha!)….snow drifts so high we couldn’t open the door to get out of the house…..for days. Moved to Dublin, OH in 2013 for my husbands job, after many fun years living in Colorado.
What are your trainings/ certifications/ specialties?
200 Hour RYT Certification
What is your favorite thing to do?
My favorite thing to do is move my body, outside preferably, with people I love! So perhaps a mountain bike ride (or a road bike ride), kayaking, yoga, camping, rock climbing, hiking you name it… (Oh and I play ice hockey every Monday night in an adult co-ed league, which I also love!)
What is your favorite yoga pose?
Handstand. And not because I’m good at it, because I am not….but because I have been pursuing it for a loooooong time….and just when I think I’ve got it pinned down, it hops back up and runs some more…..it’s the chase lol.
What has yoga done for you?
I started doing yoga in 2002. At that time I was a very serious rock climber. Climbed recreationally and competitively, all over the country and a few times outside of the country, and that’s ALL I DID. One day a yoga teacher came to our rock climbing gym in Silverthorne, CO to teach yoga….and I didn’t even know what yoga was….but I tried it anyway, and fell in LOVE! It changed my climbing game 100%. My body was much more fluid on the wall, I felt light and free, and my mind was much more at ease. Today yoga continues to free me in so many ways….from myself, and from this crazy world we live in. It has allowed me to push my body to limits I didn’t even think I was capable of….and I surprise the hell out of myself on the daily.
What is your charity of choice?
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. My mom passed away from colon cancer at age 39 (I was 7), and when I was 36 I started having the same symptoms she had. Long story short, after 2 surgeries, far too many hospital stays, and many different drugs, I am in remission…and refuse to let this thing bring me down. I’m gonna live the hell outta this life for both of us (and my kids and hubby).
What is your favorite quote?
Go big or go home! I don’t know if that’s a quote, but its more like my mantra.
How would you best describe yourself in 3 words.
Creative, Strong, Adventurous