Like many North Texas girls, I was an intense soccer player with it taking up most of my early years. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything because of the life lessons it taught me: inner discipline, commitment & pushing through even when you’re “not feelin’ it.”
One of the downsides of such an intense practice was I had ankle surgery in just 7th grade & many injuries & continued pain after. I had the drive to be active, but already my body was letting me down. This led me to yoga.
I started off with home videos in high school, and after just a couple months I could tell a difference in my ankles.. my knees.. my back, even my headaches were gone! I expected yoga to affect target areas, but I had no idea it could help my whole body.
As I delved into my practice it took on a whole new form. By incorporating a slow, strong, calming breath it truly moved way beyond my muscles and joints. I realized even though my body was stronger than it ever was, that’s not what I craved as much from my practice.
Yoga became a retreat for me. My mat became a place where I could step away from the busyness of the world, meditate on the fullness of Christ, learn how to accept my body as it is saddlebags & all, come face to face with my issues instead of running away from them, learn tools to slow down my brain & to my delight, every class ended in relaxation pose!
I try to weave into my classes the balance of strength & stillness, endurance & grace (with a heaping amount of joy) – the very characteristics of my God & Creator that I cherish, love & rejoice in. Our bodies are masterfully & beautifully made, and this practice recognizes that!
Yoga has become such a powerful instrument in my life. I think this practice has a way of cutting through a lot of barriers. It is my heart to share this with others & to serve and love them through yoga.
I received my 200 RYT (registered yoga teacher) certification from Uptown Yoga with the amazing Jen Chitwood and wise-beyond-her-years, Maria Carroll. Both women are packed with enough information, patience and grace to last multiple lifetimes. It was a honor to train with them.
Nourish your Roots
Nourish your Roots