Yoga has brought so much joy, connection, and fullness to my life that it is difficult to express. This growth comes after two decades of dabbling with yoga, non-violence, and philosophy while at the same time I was being slowly dismantled by self-doubt, depression, and addiction.
The deep dive toward integration and authenticity began in a power yoga class in January 2019. The upwelling of joy in that one class was new and fascinating. For the first time in my life, it felt better to sit up straight instead of slouching, and my desire for alcohol was greatly diminished. By summer, I had signed up for teacher training at Ignite Yoga in Dayton, Ohio, and completed it by December.
Training was mostly to develop my own practice, to illuminate a path toward health, happiness, and wholeness. I am so grateful for the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual lessons I received at Ignite. Most importantly, training helped me reach a greater acceptance of myself and of life’s ebb and flow.
At the same time, the experience at Ignite also gave me the confidence to begin sharing with others what I have learned so far. Continuing to develop my practice in fellowship with others on this path gives me great pleasure, and I am looking forward to a lifetime of growth.
My current asana focus is on power as well as slower vinyasa flow, though I enjoy all styles and intend to add others to my teaching repertoire. I am also enjoying exploration into the other branches and limbs of yoga, integrating my prior training in non-violence through the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), my experience as a high school teacher, my background in legal studies, and my passion for building community.