Yoga found me in 2005 when I was still in high school. At that time I had no idea how large of a role it would play in my life, but I knew that I had found something special.
I truly committed to the practice in college—or rather, during the semester I had to leave college to go into therapy for an eating disorder. I noticed that yoga was providing more than physical wellness. I felt peaceful and more empowered on a cellular level. I felt like I might be someone I could learn to love—someone worthy of good things. I decided that I wanted to figure out how to share that feeling with others.
I did my 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings in Lansing, Michigan with Hilaire Lockwood, founder of Hilltop Yoga. After graduating from Michigan State University, I began to pursue yoga trainings that focused more on healing from trauma. I completed Y12SR (Yoga for 12-Step Recovery) with Nikki Myers at Just B Yoga and my IAYT training (Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders) with Beverly Price at Inner Door Center. I also apprenticed with an amazing Iyengar Yoga teacher named Ruth Fisk, who reminded me of why I wanted to be a yogi in the first place.
The practice evolves but it doesn’t quit on you. Yoga is what happens when you soften into knowing that you are your own greatest mystery, dearest friend, strongest fighter and wisest teacher. Yoga doesn’t really change us; it introduces us to the best pieces of who we’ve always been. I don’t think yoga fixes us. I think yoga illuminates our innate wholeness.
I look forward to practicing with you. Shanti.