My first visit to a yoga studio was on December 26, 2013 and it was done somewhat begrudgingly. Simply put, I was making a last ditch effort to self-heal an injured hip I acquired from basically being a stubborn athlete. Not only did I feel immediate physical benefits from that first class, I also walked away with the most incredible sense of peace I’d ever experienced. Within my first 6 months of practicing, I had decided that teaching was something I wanted to pursue, but felt I needed to continue practicing to find the right place enroll in the 200RYT training. That day occurred in the summer of 2015 when I found myself laying on the floor literally sandwiched inside a folding chair because I didn’t properly follow the teaching cues during a chair class taught by Lisa Kanne. Lisa playfully giggled and helped me uncoil myself. I was home! I signed up for teacher training at Karma Yoga that very day and graduated with my 200RYT under the tutelage of Lisa on May 1, 2016.
As a teacher and soccer coach at Millard West High School, my initial thinking was that I wanted to focus my teaching on instructing young athletes in Restorative or Yin classes. In the course of teacher training, my feelings expanded. I have yet to find a style of yoga I don’t love or a class or student I wouldn’t want to teach. Yoga is a practice everyone can find physical, mental, and spiritual benefits and it’s extraordinarily humbling to think I will have a part in other people’s journey down that road.
I hope the students in my classes are challenged, find the joy in facing those challenges, and take what they learn about themselves in the yoga studio out the door with them into the “real world.” It doesn’t really matter if we overcome all the challenges we face on and off the mat. All that matters is that we face them with a sense of humility, some self-awareness, and compassion toward ourselves and others. If we can do that, even when we find ourselves sandwiched inside a folding chair, we know there is a way out and a helping hand nearby.