I consider yoga to be the biggest blessing of my life. I started practicing when I was 17 years old as a senior in high school. I came to yoga as a broken person, unsure of who I was with no sense of self confidence or self love in sight. I was angry with the world, angry with my body, angry at myself. Through staring at myself in the mirror every day, trembling, shaking, sweating unbelievable amounts, I began to love myself. I began to see this world in a different light. My life shifted from hating everything to finding beauty and happiness in the mundane.
If you would have asked me when I was 17 what I would be doing in 5 years, teaching yoga wouldn’t have even been a possibility I could fathom. I used to get stomach ulcers as a kid before giving presentations at school because I was so anxious about speaking in front of people. When I first started teaching yoga, no one could understand me because I spoke too fast and compacted my words together. I use to go home at night and read books out loud to my dog to learn how to how to slow down my speech. I did improv classes to get comfortable being in front of people. That was my yoga. Learning how to connect my mind to my mouth, my tongue, my jaw. Learning how to breathe in an uncomfortable situation. Learning that its ok to take a pause. One of my first yoga guru’s said that yoga is everywhere and everything. I didn’t see it when he first told me, but I see it now. Yoga is the tool that teaches us how to be unbound from our flesh and our thoughts and allows us to do more than what we think we are capable of doing.
I believe the most beautiful thing about yoga, in addition to the most difficult, is the sense of limitlessness. No matter how long you’ve been doing it, it is always a challenge. There is always another posture to master, always an opportunity to go deeper, always something more to learn. There is no end to this practice. Yoga makes me feel limitless. It always finds a way to make me better, happier, more peaceful. I have found myself through yoga and I am happiest when I get to share it’s beauty with other people.
Outside of yoga, I’m a student and the proud dad to my glorious dog, Budders. I enjoy hiking, crafting, eating Oreos and Reese’s, playing board games and doing puzzles.