Position: Nurture TeacherFor decades, I lived with a no-pain-no-gain mentality. With training in dance and distance running, high impact aerobics, and interval training, I never imagined yoga would challenge me or benefit me in any way. But after developing numerous overuse injuries and experiencing several personal losses, my struggles with anxiety and depression resurfaced. I knew I needed physical and emotional healing and connection – with myself and with others. And so I came (somewhat reluctantly) to yoga. For the first time in my life, I began to learn the art of self-compassion, of tuning in to my body instead of tuning out. As my yoga practice deepened, I began to discover a sense of gentleness and kindness toward myself; new ways to stay present; create calm; observe my mind; deepen my breath; and listen to my body – while simultaneously building strength and increasing flexibility. What I love most about yoga is its diversity. It can be intense and challenging or luxuriously restorative. It can be healing when you're injured and empowering when you're filled with self-doubt. When paired with deep breathing, yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and promote physical and psychological relaxation. No matter where you are physically, mentally, or emotionally, yoga is for you. It is for me. It is for everyone. In my classes, I will meet you and welcome you exactly where you are. I look forward to sharing this beautiful journey with you.