I took my first yoga class in 2009, a month after I had moved to Seattle. I had been curious about the practice and eager to learn, but at the same time, I was embarrassed for not being able to hold a warrior pose for more than a few seconds without experiencing discomfort. At the time, I had never believed I could advance in my yoga practice let alone ten years later become a teacher. Somehow, I kept coming back to my mat and, simultaneously, I kept showing up in front of the blank word document, trying to both strengthen my muscles and improve my writing skills. However, I have kept these two practices separate. I would do yoga and I would write. I could see my progress in both, which gave me the encouragement and content, but it wasn’t enough to get me to the place I dreamed of arriving.
I came into the Yoga Teacher Program at Sangha Yoga in Seattle following a series of signs. The space at 108 Boston Street had been my yoga studio for years, but only when Heather and Scott Falkin took over the studio, Sangha offered me a community inside of which I continue to grow. My mind and heart opened to new possibilities and somehow, organically, I said yes to the challenge of the 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training, not knowing that the journey would bring me back home, to the place within me where I would unearth secrets, release stories from my body, and finally, become.
When we say that yoga means to "yoke" or to join separate parts, we usually refer to the joining of the mind and the body. My reward is joining once separate practices of yoga and writing into one – whole and powerful practice of the heart. When I practice yoga, my heart writes. When I write, I breathe, and so I practice yoga. One practice serves the other, and together, they help me create.
If you practice yoga with me, I will teach you storytelling. If you are my student of writing, we will practice at least one of the eight limbs of yoga. Asana or the physical practice of yoga that in the Western culture gets the most attention is one of the eight limbs. I employ Asana, Pranayama, Dharana (concentration), and meditation to awaken and blossom creativity. I am also inquisitive about the seven Chakras (the invisible wheels of energy situated alongside the spine) and how we can use them to charge our lives and make art, and I am a lifelong student of astrology. Yoking these passions with my hatha and yin yoga practice, I honor the lunar (the feminine) side of the heart.
I am passionate about sharing what I've experienced and learned and what I’m still learning to help creative minds free their potential and tell stories hidden in their bodies through writing or art.