I have been playing sports since lower school (cross country, track and tennis), but my real journey began early in college. As a serious cross country athlete, I often pushed my body to its limits without a second though, which began a toxic cycle both mentally and physically. This ultimately led to a series of injuries and years of abuse. After so much time ignoring my body, I found myself post-college crippled by both fear and physical limitations. On top of all this, I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disorder. Feeling helpless, I sought out healing alternatives to physical therapy... and enter yoga! The mental and physical properties of this practice gave me a new outlook- a way to RESPECT and LOVE my body through movement even with its limitations. Yoga also opened the door to a new desire to help and heal others through its beauty. Yoga meets all of us where we are and embraces what we bring. Each time someone steps into my classroom, I want them to feel how welcome they are- I want them to see their own strength, capability and unique beauty.