The physicality of yoga first caught my attention as a graduate student seven years ago. Overwhelmed by the stress and pressure that I had mistakenly confused as my baseline state of being, I was desperately seeking a way to disconnect. I distinctly remember the feeling that came over me in my first yoga class when I realized that yoga was not allowing me the opportunity to disconnect, but rather reconnect.
In that place, I find stillness and calm. No matter what comes up, yoga allows a process of clarifying, distilling, and cleansing by providing a platform to tune into thoughts, feelings, processes, and patterns. The more I listen, the more I continue to unearth, embrace, and express my true self. Yoga smoothes my hard edges and re-directs me toward an internal still point. In The Secret Power of Yoga, Nischala Joy Devi embodies the essence of yoga in her interpretation of yoga sutras 1.2 and 1.3. She writes, “Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart. United in the heart, consciousness is steadied, then we abide in our true nature — joy.”
With a background as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the medical field specializing in the restoration of voice, swallow, speech, and respiratory function for those who have undergone treatment for Head and Neck Cancer, I share a blend of art, science, medical knowledge, and therapeutic practices as my career in the medical profession intermingles with Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Mindfulness Meditation, Buddhism, Ayurvedic practices, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi.
I enjoy teaching those who strive for a healthy and sustainable balance between giving to others while also remembering the value of self-care. Speaking from my own experience, it is far too easy to forgo taking care of yourself for the sake of others. As yoga reverberates not only on a personal level, it also flows into relationships and overall connectivity with the world around us. Through yoga, there is a pause to process, regenerate, and return with more to give. Not surprisingly, routine self-care allows for a larger capacity to care for and give to others.
Although yoga continues as a personal practice, the evolution inspires me to share what I learn in an intentional, creative, and heartfelt way through a softening Yin practice rooted in safety and sustainability.
At this time, I offer weekly classes at Eka Yoga, a new studio in lower Queen Anne that reconnects the practices of Yoga + Ayurveda. My weekly schedule is posted + updated here. To inquire about private yoga sessions, please click here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, I have offered Yoga + Meditation classes to healthcare employees through the Mindfulness Program at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Karma Yoga classes at Seattle Pacific University. I contributed to Alchemy of Yoga, a yoga teacher training school that is whole-heartedly dedicated to the art of self-study, as Program Manager for two years, and continue to collaborate with this amazing team through consulting work as Resident Yin Instructor.
When I’m not studying yoga, I enjoy reading, writing, learning French, traveling, walking, appreciating nature, and loving all creatures great and small.
- 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Yoga Alliance Certified
- 200-Hour Teacher Training, Alchemy of Yoga, 2014-2015
- 50-Hour Yin Teacher Training, Soma Yin Yoga, 2017
- 25-Hour Eastern Medicine Training, Soma Yin Yoga, 2017
As a dedicated and perpetual student, I take several continuing education classes and workshops on a yearly basis. I am happy to provide a complete listing of additional education per request.