My journey began over 20 years ago in the health and fitness industry in California. Personal training and group fitness classes were my main focus of working with clients for several years, but since taking my first yoga workshop in 2000, the focus shifted to include yoga in my sessions with clients. Since moving to Indiana in 2000, I have dedicated my time to building a yoga and fitness business in Roanoke, Indiana. The Powers of One Yoga and Fitness Studio is home for many yoga practitioners and fitness enthusiasts. I earned my master's degree in Kinesiology from CSU Sacramento, I am a certified Health Fitness Instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine and certified through YogaFit as a 200 RYT. I enjoy personal training and teaching yoga and sharing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
I have been practicing yoga since 2001 when I attended my first class in the fitness center at my workplace. After attending that class, I immediately knew that yoga was something that would become a very important physical and mental part of my life. Learning how to truly go inside yourself and concentrate on your breath, body and what you feel, is one of the things that I really enjoy about yoga. We have so many things that cause stress and distraction in our lives and we really need to make time to just remember ourselves. Yoga is a great way to do that, and feel good about yourself at the same time. I especially love that yoga is a non-competitive activity. Everyone works at their own level and explores their own possibilities, and the friendships you make along they way are very special.
After taking classes for a couple of years, I decided that I'd like to expand my knowledge of yoga, and share it with others. I received my Level 1 certification from YogaFit at the end of 2003, and my 200 hour certification in 2005.
She teaches Slow Flow Yoga every Wednesday night and also really enjoys teaching Senior Chair Yoga classes.
I believe yoga is for everyone and welcome all students, including beginning practitioners and experienced yogis. As individuals journey and learn together, we will be accepting of ourselves and others, releasing expectations. I am committed to growing and deepening my own practice by attending various classes and workshops along with studying yoga traditions. I've found such joy in knowing and seeing the beauty of each person's asana that is uniquely created by God.
I am certified in YogaFit Level 1 & 2 and have studied BKS Iyengar for 10 years.
I began my yoga journey back in 2004 while going through Massage Therapy education. As I was going through college for my dual B.A., I completed my 200 and 300 hour yoga certification through Prairie Yoga. I have always had a passion for learning and helping others live a healthy, pain and stress free life. I am also a wellness coach, infusing a practice of meditation, mindfulness, and coaching for my clients to find their best self. My style of yoga instruction is taking the non-traditional approach, to step outside the box and come into poses with a different perspective, using the breath as the guide. I believe that yoga is for every body, and teaches to every body type, walk of life, injuries, restrictions, and abilities.
My interest in yoga can be traced back to when I was thirteen years old and found two books on yoga at the local used book store. I cannot recollect what drew me to yoga - no one I knew did yoga or even talked about yoga. But soon I found myself back home in our living room, in the midst of watching Little House on the Prairie reruns, popping up into Shoulder Stand, or flipping over into Plough. Many years later, at the invitation of a friend and mentor, I began attending yoga classes regularly. This led me to become a certified yoga instructor through the Temple of Kriya Yoga. A decade of teaching later, there is still much about yoga I want to learn and share with my yoga students. However, as an instructor, my goal is simple: to have students leave the mat feeling better than when they stepped onto it.
I am a passionate student of the healing arts. I’m Dharma Certified through Simon Chokoisky and have completed my YTT 200 HR training through Prana Yoga Institute of Yoga and Holistic Healing. My life journey has faced many challenges and roadblocks in health, career, and relationships, but I truly found and gained a deep understanding of myself and relationships through the Dharma program. Helping others find their purpose, I have discovered my purpose. I continue my studies with Simon Chokoisky and other renowned teachers with much gratitude and openly share my wisdom with my community and people around the globe.
I heard about yoga for the first time when I was about 13 years old and my mom bought me a subscription to New Moon magazine. The article described the many benefits of yoga and my interest was piqued. I had never been athletic, but yoga was different. It felt good to move and be present in my body, to take up space. Yoga stuck with me through high school, then college, and I decided to take take a teacher training in 2010. From there I discovered the profound healing potential in yoga, which propelled me into getting a Master’s in Social Work and eventually led to where I am now: yoga teacher and therapist for people dealing with eating disorders, trauma, and body image concerns. I’ve taught yoga on and off since 2011 and my approach is rooted in mindfulness: to guide practitioners to develop a practice in which they can move skillfully, listen to the wisdom of their own bodies, and practice self-compassion.
In 1983 I chose yoga as a PE credit at Ball State and I've never looked back. I have practiced since then, reading, exploring and finding classes wherever I could. In 2016 I became Yogafit Level 1 certified. Making yoga accessible for everyone is a focus in my teaching along with dispelling yoga "myths". I hope to bring a yoga to my students that is helpful for their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
My journey with yoga started in 2008, but it took ten years of falling in and out of practice for me to realize that it was something I needed in my life. After leaving my full-time job to stay home with my daughter when she was born in 2016, my anxiety was at an all-time high. Maybe chalk it up to “new mom nerves”, but the restlessness, worry and a smidge of an identity crisis I was experiencing left me looking for an outlet where I could not only reconnect, but rediscover myself. Meanwhile, A friend and yoga instructor introduced me to Valerie and I began working with her here at Powers of One. I entered my teacher training originally just to be able to help out more around the studio, but during the process, the practice and introspection it provided me were more than I could have ever imagined. I’m excited to be able to offer insight and encouragement to others to help look inward to more fully know and appreciate themselves through their yoga practice.
I started yoga just two years ago, and only to supplement my other workout regimen (weight-lifting and HIIT training). What began as a way to be more physically well-rounded has since quickly bloomed into a passion (bordering on obsession). I love how yoga makes me feel; how many fewer injuries I have; how much better my body moves; and how much I have come to appreciate my body for all the things it does for me. I love challenging my students to do things they think they can't, but am just as happy to modify the practice so anyone can do it. I was a yogic skeptic, and now I'm yoga's biggest supporter--proud to be a yogi!