My family of four moved from Michigan when I was just two years old. We came to Searcy so my dad could pursue a degree in Bible at Harding University. While in Searcy, my parents gave me two little brothers, and we’ve had many foster siblings.

We were a youth minister’s family at a church here in town for 14 years, so I've basically grown up in the youth group. Just a few months ago my dad accepted a job to be a preacher at a church in Bayfield, Colorado. My parents and brothers have since moved there, and are now starting a new adventure as a family of four. I have recently graduated, and so I made the decision to stay in Searcy with my older sister who attends Harding, while I pursue my passion in yoga. I will begin 200 hours of training to be a certified instructor in November.

I have had the opportunity to practice yoga with many friends, foster children, and even with the kids I spent the summer with in the Dominican Republic. I hope to continue share this beautiful practice as I continue to learn more.

First and foremost, I am a lover of Jesus! In addition to practicing yoga, I enjoy running, hiking, and being with kids. I’ve been practicing yoga for about two years now, and if I’m being honest, it wasn't something that I instantly fell in love with. I’d leave class feeling exhausted, mentally and physically. I wasn't seeing the benefits like I thought I would. I thought it would relieve some of my anxiety and tension, but it didn’t. My therapist kept recommending it, so I kept doing it on my own then in group settings. At some point in this journey I came to the realization it was actually making a huge difference in my practice. I often forget to breathe, and I know that sounds ridiculous, but it’s true for me, and maybe even true for you. I’ve realized that in any moment of complete tension, I hold my breath, causing more anxiety and stress on my mind and body then what is necessary. Knowing this, I guess you can say my love for yoga didn't even actually begin on the mat, it began with becoming more aware of how I am honoring myself as I go through my day to day life, in both the tense and relaxed moments.

I’m learning how to lean into the tension both on and off the mat, and I’m learning that sometimes all you can do is just breathe. I will continue to feel this mind body connection and I hope I can help others do the same.