I've been blessed with a community of like-minded, wonderful people at Amazing Yoga, where I've been teaching since 2012.
My teaching is molded to mimic my practice. I focus on upbeat flows, long sequences that challenge patience and breath, and heart opening variations that inspire us to live freely and unapologetically, softening in all the places we tend to tighten — our joints, jaws, shoulders and most importantly, our hearts.
I often share the importance of facing vulnerability and honesty, both with others and with ourselves. Because when we can break down the walls we put up, stop telling ourselves stories to protect our truest feelings, and become truth seekers within and with those we care about, amazing things can happen.
When I turned 25, I was forced to be gentler on myself and my body when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune condition that has, despite its challenges, changed my practice and my lifestyle for the better. I've customized my practice to fit my body's strengths and weaknesses and I am constantly inspired by how many of us overcome our struggles, both physical and emotional, on our mats.
AMAZING YOGA WEEKLY CLASSES
Teach 2 to 4 power vinyasa flow classes weekly at the South Side and Shadyside studios, while cultivating community for regular students and creating a welcoming space for new students. Classes are rooted in Baptiste style yoga and are taught in-the-moment, tailored to the students that day. Class sizes range from 20 to 65 students, depending on the studio.
AERIE CHILL. PLAY. MOVE. POP-UP
Traveled to Boston and Chicago for Aerie's Chill Play Move Pop-Up Shop and shared my #aerieREAL story with 150 Aerie yogis in each city, encouraging body positivity, self love, and personal empowerment.
AY TEACHER TRAINING tulum
Joined Amazing Yoga owners Sean & Karen Conley to co-lead their Level 1 Teacher Training in Tulum, Mexico in 2013 and 2015. Led daily workshops on alignment, assisting and sequencing.
GLOW WITH THE FLOW
Transform the Amazing Yoga studio into a bi-annual glow in the dark yoga party. Mantras painted on the walls, black lights, glow sticks, and balloons turn this vinyasa flow into a less serious expression of yoga. Glow with the Flow gives 70 yogis the opportunity to lose their inhibitions, find the fun in their practice, and sing along to Justin Beiber in their neon yoga pants.
AERIE CORPORATE OFF-SITE
Taught a class for the Aerie HQ team to kick off the 2016 Aerie corporate offsite at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. It was an honor to give back to women who love what they do and spread body positivity to women each day.
CANDLELIT CARDIO POWER HOUR
Created a workshop that focuses on fast flows set to upbeat music and candlelight. Mixing breath & beat, the students cycle through a long sequence together before flowing through it on their own.
INTRO TO & NEXT-LEVEL INVERSIONS
Break down the core inversions in this twice yearly workshop series: Intro to Inversions and Next-Level Inversions. Forty students gather to learn to go upside and tackle their fears while we focus on traditional and tripod headstand, forearm balance and handstand. Focus is on overcoming our fear of not only going upside down but also forcing ourselves out of our comfort zones.
LULULEMON'S JAM ON WALNUT
Led a hot and sweaty yoga class on Walnut Street in Shadyside, a collaboration between Lululemon and Amazing Yoga. 200 students rolled out their mats in an atypical place to show the community we live our yoga loud and proud.
COSTA RICA RETREAT
Spent a week with thirty Amazing Yoga students in Nosara, Costa Rica, teaching and assisting ninety-minute power flow classes to supplement the group's surfing, beach and jungle adventures.