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 practioners 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 through attendng 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 am currently certified and instructing a variery of classes at the Parkview Huntington YMCA.
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.
Bio coming soon!
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 found yoga in 2012 after my first year of college. I decided to take a year off of school in order to work and figure out what I actually wanted to do with my life. Through taking yoga classes and working at a yoga studio, I knew instantly that this was the right path, that I was heading in the right direction. I soon began teaching and have since attended two teacher trainings out of state and one in Fort Wayne. All of my trainings were either from Baron Baptiste himself or were Baptiste inspired. Each training had heavy emphasis on three practices: physical practice, meditation practice, and self-inquiry. I love how in every yoga class, there is an opportunity for each of those practices to grow and develop. I love how each practice is mental as well as physical, whether it's a power class or restorative class. Mostly, I love how much my yoga practice translates into my life off of the mat. Whether I'm teacher or student, I gain so much from yoga. It is my goal to touch on all three of these practices in each class, giving myself and those participating a chance to connect mind, body, and spirit.
I find fitness to be empowering. I started my fitness journey in 2014, I started as a cycling instructor, added kickboxing classes, helped push people in interval training, dabbled in circuits and strength as well. Then I rounded out my experience with Yoga Basics training to feel fitness come together with breath. My number one goal is always for everyone to have a successful workout!
I began my fitness yoga journey with Zumba in 2010. I had several students request yoga classes, so I investigated more and decided to pursue training and am certified through YogaFit. I have also acquired several other certifications including Kids Zumba, Piloxing, Group fit and Strength and Conditioning and RIP. Fitness has always felt more like fun than a 2nd job (I also work as a Chiropractic assistant in Bluffton) I just loved and enjoyed teaching fitness classes so much that I was always looking to try something new and I still do.
Prior to my Yoga Fit training I had never taken a yoga class let alone thought about becoming an instructor. As I practiced I found that Yoga brought a balance to my fitness routine. As you might all know Zumba is a little crazy so the calmness of yoga was the yin to my yang. I never thought I would want to take it farther but my love grew and the knowledge I gained has led me down so many wonderful paths. As for my teaching style, it is ever-changing, but I try to keep my classes challenging and strengthening for every level of student. I truly believe Yoga is for EVERY BODY!
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.