Take a deep breath, and hold it for a few seconds. Now exhale, emptying your lungs. Do this two or three more times, and consider the life you're introducing to your body - the joy of being alive realized for maybe your first time today. Little did you know you just did a little bit of yoga.
Yoga is one of the most powerful tools that each of us has access to on any given day - no matter where we are in the world. Beyond the power and strength cultivated through postures, yoga helps create space: space in your spine, in your brain, in your dreams, in your house even. By choosing to practice yoga, you invite light in, opening yourself up to seeing in a new way. For me, it's imperative for cross-training my body for mountainous pursuits, navigating grief or trauma and healing injuries and illnesses.
I pursued my first 200-hour yoga teacher training course in Goa, India, in 2017. It was a totally bizarre experience, but I learned a lot about the why of yoga and how it fits into each of our lives. While there were moments of strength, I came face-to-face with blaring weaknesses and the reality of human nature found even in yogis. I was also surprised daily how meditation is actually possible and way more engaging than simply sitting cross-legged (dancing, anyone?).
While I've been leading folks through their yoga practice sporadically over the last decade, I've started teaching Vinyasa flows with a splash of Ashtanga (true Ashtangi's would never use just 'a splash!') more consistently at studios in my hometown of Durango, Colorado. From hyper-flexible kiddos to athletes seeking more balance to stiff, older bodies, I find great joy in helping others unlock any blocks standing between them and their breath and, ultimately, best self.
Stay tuned for upcoming retreat dates, and please reach out if you ever need a private yoga instructor willing to cross oceans and high-altitude passes to meet you on your mat.