As a Christian and a yogi, my mantra is “be still and know,” and yoga is part of loving God with all of my heart, soul, strength, and mind.
I am a Searcy girl at heart! My family moved here when I was two years old so my dad could teach at Harding University. Growing up in Searcy gave me an appreciation for southern life, filled with family, food, faith, and football. Although I spent much of my young adult life elsewhere, I chose to move my own family back to Searcy in 2005. My husband Jason and I have a blended family of six adult children, two of them are married, and we have a beautiful grandson who lights up our world!
My yoga journey started when I was going through a divorce and found that yoga was a way to calm my racing thoughts and bring peace into a time that was filled with uncertainty and anxiety. When I was on my mat, I could be present; I could come back to my breath and find some quiet in the middle of the storm. In time, my yoga was following me off the mat and the same calm stayed with me in day-to-day life. Yoga has also been an important part of working through negative body image problems because yoga focuses on what I can do and not what I can’t. In my early days of attending yoga classes, I worked with my counselor to find the courage to show up to a yoga class filled with other people. When I began to realize the strength and freedom that yoga could bring, I knew I wanted to share it with others.
My 200-hour training was completed through Sage Yoga School in Little Rock, Arkansas. I have done additional training with Yoga Faith, learning to adapt yoga for people with prosthetics and for yogis with large bodies. Last year I also began work on a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and in the future, I hope to work with women and children providing yoga therapy. My goal is to bring yoga to people who don’t think they can do it. If you feel too large or uncoordinated or inflexible to do yoga, I want to talk with you. My yoga focuses on gentle flows that help find strength and flexibility. Life is fast-paced and crazy. My yoga provides me with strength, calm, and focus and I hope that I can share it with you.