I began practicing yoga about 17 years ago. I was 15 years old and found an old book of my father’s that explained several yoga poses. I began exploring and experimenting with yoga at that time. In college, I took two semesters of Ashantaga/power yoga. After these two classes, I was hooked. The physical, emotional, and mental benefits of yoga were undeniable. I have continued my practiced and eventually my teaching ever since.
In the beginning, I was amazed by the physical benefits. Within a few months I experienced a drastic decrease in migraines and my anxiety. When I entered college, I was experiencing 3 to 4 migraines a week and regular panic attacks. After the first semester of yoga, my migraines had been reduced to 3-4 a month. By the end of the second semester, I was experiencing 1-2 month.
Now, after years of practice, I no longer suffer regularly from migraines. As far as my anxiety, yoga has been so successful in managing it that I have never needed medication. In addition, I have the mobility of a woman 1/2 my age. In my thirties now, I marvel at how old a lot of my peers move and look. The blessing of yoga, both the mental and physical practices, are numerous and quietly possibly my fountain of youth.
My favorite pose is childs’ pose. For the simple reason that it is the most powerful pose in my practice. Child’s pose has cured migraines and stopped panic attacks. Childs’ pose is beautiful and simple. In a world that has become far too complicated, childs’ pose is an escape-a pause- in my day. I became a teacher in 2010, and have been teaching ever since. I love it. I believe that it is my gift to this universe. Presently, I teach power yoga, restorative, and Budokon yoga. I believe in reaching to populations that would normally run from yoga. I specialize in strength athletes, and regular teach restorative classes to local college football teams, high school swim teams, and do private sessions at a body building and power lifting gym.
As a teacher, I reach out to the skeptical and to those people who believe that they “aren’t flexible enough” for yoga. I have portable yoga studio, consisting of 15 mats, 21 straps, and 21 blocks, that I take with me when I teach. I’ve made myself accessible for people in inaccessibly areas. I also enjoy working with children and youth. For this reason, I have taught yoga for schools, day camps, and I was recently invited to teach anatomy through yoga at an innovation science lab for k-12. While teaching at a studio is fun, it is a bit like preaching to the choir. I identify as the “Prairie Yoga Girl” and just like animals on the prairie, I will roam to wherever I am needed.
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