The first yoga class I tried was rather unspectacular. It was what I can now identify as a combination of Hatha poses and a brief Vinyasa sequence. Although the class was probably fine, I approached yoga at a time in my life when I wasn’t ready to experience its benefits, so I felt uncompelled to return on a regular basis. Throughout my early twenties I’d pop into a class here and there, trying a variety of styles, none of which spoke to me. I eventually gave up on yoga.
During my late twenties, at a time when my work environment was particularly stressful, a fellow dancer and friend overheard me complaining about an injury I’d sustained during rehearsal. She recommended that I go to yoga with her. I told her that I just wasn’t a “yoga person,” and she left it at that—until the next time I complained about an injury. It became a running joke; whenever I had a physical or emotional ailment, she’d suggest that I go to yoga.
Finally, with a knee injury growing progressively serious, and in an unstable emotional state, I attended the class my friend had raved about for months. Throughout class, I was totally lost, and yet, I felt like I’d come home. That was my first Forrest Yoga class. I left the studio with what felt like an entirely new back. I walked to my car, where I sat and cried for about twenty minutes straight. Unbeknownst to me, I’d had my first Forrest Yoga emotional release. I kept coming back, and after a few years, I signed up for the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training; the training completely changed my life. I went into it hoping to learn how to heal my dance injuries, and thus prolong my career, but I came out hungry to share with others all the healing and energetic magic that had opened my eyes.
In my classes, you can expect to breathe deeply, stretch, strengthen, and sweat, just like most other yoga classes. But you can also expect that I’ll ask you to look inside—to give yourself the gift of complete internal focus and unabashed self-care. I’ll guide you through an intense physical sequence that gives you tools to heal your physical as well as your emotional injuries, to ground yourself, to unshield and release old traumas, to uncover deeply buried facets of yourself, to identify your truth, and to connect to your spirit, just to name a few.
Aside from teaching yoga, I teach multiple dance disciplines and perform professionally. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Psychology and English, and in my limited spare time, I read and write short stories. I have two Dachshunds, who I love like children, and three turtles who barely acknowledge my existence. I’m a native Houstonian, but I lived in New York between 2002 and 2005, where I went to school in the city and partially completed a BFA in dance. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 18 years old, and I’m passionate about the humane treatment of animals.
I’m very excited to teach at Tranquil Heart Yoga and to get to know all of you. I’ll be teaching at noon on Tuesdays and 7:30 am on Wednesdays. Hope to see you in class.