YOGA IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THE SHAPES WE PUT OUR BODIES IN.
HOW IT STARTED
I found yoga as a teenager at a big health club. I took it as a personal challenge; to be able to get into poses I thought were once impossible.
This initial reason for practicing yoga morphed into much more as I began my own home practice. Without realizing it, I was diving deeper into the true reason yoga was created; to be a tool to achieve something much greater than the poses we practice in modern yoga today. To find peace within myself, for myself.
Yoga reminded me that my body is beautiful the way it is, and helped me peel off the layers of negative body image, self-doubt, and emotional numbness to help me uncover my true self; a strong + capable person!
This ability to find the strength in yoga poses eventually made its way off of my mat & into my daily life of mom-ing (I have 3 beautiful little humans!), discovering other passions, and eventually led me to chasing my dreams in my yoga career.
THE CATALYST OF CHANGE
While taking part in the "hustle of yoga" for 7 years:
- Grinding by teaching many yoga classes every week
- Facilitating yoga teacher trainings at a busy yoga studio
- Managing a busy yoga studio in Salt Lake City, Utah
Something shifted in my perspective.
I realized that though I was living what I once thought was the dream yoga teaching career, something felt off.
Unfortunately I got a taste of the toxicity that the modern yoga community can bring to this practice.
After noticing yoga teachers near me abusing their power as a teacher in my local community, I had to take a step back.
I cancelled all of my weekly yoga classes in order to tap back into the love I have for this practice vs. the business the modern world wraps it up into.
I realized that the things I had struggled with as a new teacher (and as a seasoned teacher):
- Not feeling perfect enough to teach in a busy, style-specific studio.
- Wondering if I was an imposter for teaching yoga when I myself was struggling mentally.
- Feeling un-inspired and burned out as I noticed how the business of yoga can turn yoga teachers into abusers
- Dealing with that abuse myself.
These were all things I had control over untethering myself from in order to move forward (and back) to the yoga I love.
The yoga that guides me to my own ability to heal through discomfort.
As soon as I started putting my own healing first again, just as I did years ago when I first stepped on my yoga mat with the hopes of healing,
things fell into place.
I co-created The School of Contemporary Yoga
was able to tap into my true purpose as a yoga teacher.
I aspire to bring the bright side of imperfection to yoga;
To teach and spread yoga in a way that brings more empowerment, accessiblity & FUN.
After going through all of the above and allowing myself to sit in the clearing after putting my weekly, public yoga classes on hold, I was able to see clear once again.
My purpose, and where I can create the most change is empowering other yoga teachers to teach in a way that empowers their own students.
I have taken the tools I used during times of un-inspiration, burn out, and imposter syndrome, and have placed them in a way that offers the guidance for others in their teaching career.
You will still find tools as a yoga student (online classes of physical yoga and Yoga Nidra). And rightfully so, because yoga teachers need these practices just as much as someone who is finding yoga for the first time!
I am here to inspire, empower, and ignite the knowing within you that you are enough, needed, and perfectly imperfect as you are.
I'm here for YOU.
ABOUT MY WORK
My teachers are world renowned Kathryn Budig and Gina Caputo who learned under Maty Ezraty and Shiva Rea.
Created by Ashley St. John and Whitney Raybould.
This unique style of yoga brings inspiration from traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa + combines it with methodologies for the modern day yogi.
It was created with the intent to provide something for everyone.
When coming to a Contemporary Yoga experience, the focus is on where you are in the present moment. Where other yoga styles may focus on aesthetics, Contemporary Yoga shifts the focus to intuitive movement for the ultimate mind, body, + emotion connection.
Thoughtfully structured classes, opportunities for free flow, and modern music is what weaves together a Contemporary Yoga experience in order for you to step into your empowerment.
Our mission when creating Contemporary Yoga was to offer a style of yoga to help guide others to connect to their worthiness
to practice, heal, + grow.
You will find aspects of this style in my
The Art of Free Flow Guide.
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation class, between 35 – 55 minutes long. Yoga Nidra translates to “yogic sleep”, and is a very restortative practice where you are guided through meditation by noticing different layers or “sheaths” of your being.
Through Yoga Nidra you are guided to explore your own thoughts and wisdom. This practice is truly meaningful to me, and I am so thrilled to be sharing it!
I learned under Yoga Nidra teacher Shannon McPhee (Supernova Yoga Nidra) who learned from the lineage that connects to Yoga Nidra creator Swami Satyananda.
You can find Yoga Nidra videos available to rent or purchase here!
Contact Me to set up a Private or Group Session.
Work with me one on one to achieve your yoga, health, and wellness goals.
Studio spaces in Centerville and Salt Lake City.
$100/hr - private session
$150/hr - group session for 2-4 people
YOGA TEACHER TOOLS
From my Apprenticeship Masterclass to my Yoga Nidra training course, to downloadable mini courses and guides. You will find what you need to step back into inspiration and untether from burn-out and imposter syndrome, so you can empower your students!
VIRTUAL YOGA & YOGA NIDRA
Join me anytime, anywhere with my online videos of yoga and Yoga Nidra. Available to rent or purchase!
YOGA + MEDITATION RETREATS
From restorative vacation-like yoga retreats, to focused retreats that help you dig-deep and grow. What you seek is here. We would love to have you at the next retreat!