I grew up in the 1970s-80s farm country of Southern Indiana surrounded by family. The oldest of four boys, my brothers and I spent our days exploring in the woods and playing games in the fields. It was a time that generated deep love and respect for family, animals and the earth. After high school I left home to study at Purdue University – a venture that turned into 11 years of higher education.
My yoga journey began in 1998 when a friend gave me a book on Buddhism and a statue of the Buddha. Then, in 2002, while living in NYC and after experiencing first-hand the horror of 9/11, I turned to yoga. Initially with a soft introduction at the Integral Hatha Yoga Institute in NYC’s West Village and then with the mind-blowing experience of Jivamukti Yoga. Since that time, pretty much everything about the way I view the world has been challenged, bringing with it transformation from a goal oriented, judgmental, high-tempered, career driven individual to the more even minded person I humbly aspire to be today.
On my first day back from Jivamukti Teacher Training in 2008 I started teaching at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC and haven’t stopped since. Over the course of these years my commitment to practice and teaching has continually deepened and in December 2015 I resigned from an international food policy position at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to pursue yoga study, practice and teaching full-time. I am blessed to share my life with my husband of 14+ years, Richard, and our three crazy fun dogs, Lola, Spanky and Bodhi.
These days my mornings start early with teaching and practice between 6 am – 10 am, followed by my ritual morning oatmeal and often teaching another led class. Then an afternoon respite with the pups, errands and some writing, then back to Flow to teach evening Mysore. It’s a funny thing, on Monday mornings folks will often ask “how was your weekend?” and my response has generally become “weekend? oh yeah…”. It’s truly a wonderful thing to be doing what I love with incredible people and continuing to learn every day.