Fayetteville, West Virginia -- United States
Gentle Somatic Yoga Certifications:
GSY Level 1
200 hr Yoga Teacher from Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in Blacksburg, VA, with a focus on Ashtanga Yoga. 200 hr Teacher Training from Pranavashya Vinyasa Yoga in Mysore, India with a focus on yoga therapy. 200 hr Teacher Training from Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. Near completion of 500 hr teacher training through Prajna Yoga focusing on Yoga Therapy and somatic movement. Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Bachelors of Science in Biology and the Science of Food Nutrition and Exercise from Virginia Tech. Certified Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner with over 150 hours of training
My practice and classes have evolved from a power/vinyasa flow into a slow, somatic based flow throughout my 20 years of teaching. I have a strong passion for anatomy, and a belief that the more the student knows about their own body, the more insight we have to heal ourselves. I love chanting and learning Sanskrit, so my classes often incorporate mantras as well.
I currently teach one group class from my home studio in Fayetteville WV the focus on mindfulness and somatic movement. Each class incorporates mindfulness and breath practices and somatic movement flows that lead into what we may think of as a more traditional yoga flow. My classes always prepare the body and practitioner through somatic movement first, which prepares the soma for the more strengthening and demanding poses that may follow. I love to incorporate chanting and anatomy into my classes.