While struggling to cope with my life-long chronic anxiety and my father’s terminal cancer diagnosis, I stumbled upon Kundalini Yoga in 2000 during college. My first class was taught by Helena and the room was had several of the University of Minnesota football players in it. I was moved by the breath work, and I was in love with the idea of keeping my eyes closed throughout class. One class turned into a regular practice that provided me with an essential outlet for letting go of all the emotions that no longer served me. When I consistently brought myself to my yoga mat to practice, I found deeper meaning in my choices and relationships. This devotion opened my heart to myself, inviting in a kinder voice and softer approach. It has truly been an amazing journey into peace and contentment.
In 2010, I completed my Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. I had tried other forms of yoga, but my heart felt devoted to Kundalini. I have also completed Kundalini Level 2 Life Cycles (2011), Level 2 Mind & Meditation (2016) and Level 2 Stress & Vitality (2017). I have completed additional training in Restorative Yoga (2015) and in breath work with Max Strom (2016).
In 2016, I began the 1,000-hour Yoga Therapist training through the Yoga Well Institute in the Viniyoga tradition. I intend to use yoga therapy in the treatment of mental health disorders, helping people to develop a sense of stability and ease in their lives.
I have a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Nursing from Augsburg College. I am a Registered Nurse licensed in Minnesota. Currently, I am enrolled in the University of Minnesota's Doctorate of Nursing Practice program, specializing in Psychiatry and Mental Health (expected graduation 2018). I am also a Healing Touch Practitioner. www.healingtouchprogram.com
I am a RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. I am deeply passionate about helping people to see and treat themselves with greater compassion. I believe yoga has a unique way of allowing people to connect and listen to their inner voice and see their inner landscape. My teaching style blends my knowledge of human physiology and energy anatomy, with a little bit of humor, and I LOVE to play the Gong.