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.
My path with yoga started a few years back with an anxious yet curious mind. I was aware of the physical benefits associated with yoga but my knowledge was limited. I joined a class not knowing exactly what to expect but I arrived willing to experience what was to be offered. Truth be told I was clumsy, oblivious, uncoordinated, and "awful" at yoga. However, I remember leaving those classes with a smile on my face and a place, that for once in my life, I felt whole and genuinely satisfied. I continued my practice and gradually noticed my body feeling lighter, my anxiety was lessening, positivity oozing from my pores, and life itself seemed to blossom with all the little wonders I had overlooked before. As I continue to learn and grow I still consider my knowledge limited but not insignificant. I can see and feel the benefits of yoga all around me and I wish to share that joy with others.
Currently I am Yogafit Level 1 and Yogafit Sweat certified. I graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science with a minor in sports in society.
Some people are drawn to yoga, but I believe that yoga was brought to me… I was an unhappy Electrical Engineer at an automotive supplier. I joined a gym to stay active and keep me busy in the evenings, as I lived in a town where I knew no one. I was a student in a bootcamp class when the instructor asked me to attend a yoga teacher training, because I “was flexible”. That started what has been a long and wonderful journey for me.
My love for yoga was a physical love at first. I loved the workout I got, I loved the sweat, and I loved that my arms were getting toned. But soon it turned into so much more as student after student told me how much class was helping them with back pain, with strength and balance, and with life. I continued my education slowly, between getting married, working full time, and raising two girls. However, with each training my love for yoga and all its eight limbs grew. In October of 2012 I finally completed the requirements for my 200 RYT through YogaFit. But that’s just the start of my journey. I’m already well on my way toward my 500 RYT, with a plan to complete in 2015 then continue on into Yoga Therapy.
Yoga is so much more than what happens on the mat. Yoga is life. And I would love to share my love for life with you.
My passion is fitness! This love began to emerge while participating in school sports and continued into my collegiate career at Huntington University. I have competed in several half marathons, instructed water aerobics, and taught many group fitness and yoga classes. I have also worked with a variety of personal training clients to help them reach their fitness goals. I am certified in TRX training and YogaFit.
I am looking forward to helping you reach your fitness goals!
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.
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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 started my fitness journey as a runner in middle school. I wasn't fast, but I was great at pacing and going the distance. I played sports in high school and was on multiple intramural teams at Missouri State University where I majored in Exercise and Movement Science. I worked in corporate health for Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City for three years before moving to Indiana and pursuing a Masters in Secondary Education at Ball State University. Fast forward through marriage, raising two amazing kids, several careers, a bit of moving around for my husband's career and I have found myself returning to my first love of fitness. My passion is finding the fun in fitness through a combination of strength training, plyometrics, body weight movements and yoga. I believe everyone is an athlete and our collective goal should be to strive to be better than yesterday.
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.