Home Base: Woodbury, MN
Serves St. Croix County
Service Arrays: Wellness Management and Individual SKills Development
I obtained my 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher certificate in April of 2019, and am currently pursuing my Yoga Sculpt Teaching certificate. I began my own Yoga practice in 2006, searching for an intense physical workout. Since them I have continued practicing Yoga, not only for the physical benefits but the positive impacts that Yoga has had surrounding my own mental health and overall well-being. For me, Yoga reminds me to stay calm and present in a world that so often feels rushed and chaotic, allows me to accept myself for who and what I am in each and every moment, and at the same time inspires me to grow and change into the best version of myself. Yoga also has taught me the importance of self-care and practicing daily gratitude, even during phases of life that are challenging or heavy. I feel excited and honored to share my love for both the physical and spiritual aspects of Yoga with others.
Prior to pursuing a career in teaching Yoga, I was a School Psychologist for seven years, after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and a Specialist Certificate in School Psychology from the University of Minnesota. I have worked with kids and young adults of all ages with varying disabilities and mental health backgrounds. My favorite part of my job as a School Psychologist was teaching youth social and emotional skills in individual or small group settings, and then seeing students generalize those skills beyond my therapy room. I specialized in helping students work through big emotions, in order to be a more successful learner. I also enjoyed working with teachers and parents on how to practice their own self-care and mindfulness strategies during stressful situations, as well as set students up for behavioral success through positive behavioral strategies. Finally, I worked as a Behavioral Therapist for the Wisconsin Early Autism Project, while obtaining by Bachelor’s Degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison, where I provided one-on-one behavioral therapy for young children with Autism.
My goal as a Yoga and Mindfulness instructor is to be authentic and approachable, while helping individuals take steps towards whatever goals are applicable to them, on and off their yoga mat, whether it be physical, mental, or spiritual growth. It is my belief that the same skills that are practiced during a Yoga session can be carried off of the mat into a person’s everyday life and have lasting and meaningful impacts; skills such as strength, acceptance, presence, and gratitude.
During my free time I enjoy family movie/game nights, nature hikes, and trips to the library with my supportive husband and three young, spirited children. When not on Mommy duty, I enjoy sipping my coffee in peace with a good book, as well as trying out new recipes in the kitchen.