Born and raised in Wisconsin, I’m a small town girl with big dreams. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 20 and the rest is history, I’d found where I belonged. I’ve always been a very curious person, always asking questions, always wondering how things work and why, always thinking about something. I’ve played all kinds of instruments, I was a dancer, ran track and cross country, the list goes on and on. I’m a very passionate person regarding everything I do.
Sometime between 2007 and 2009 I started getting sick all of the time. By 2010 I was sicker than I’d ever been, but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. For years I was in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices until they finally figured it all out, I had Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself, like how it would a cold or the flu. I struggled every single day just to get out of bed, I tried every treatment under the sun. I started losing that passion, curiosity, and drive that made me who I am. I had to drop out of college as I continued to get worse and eventually I even lost my job. I lost who I was.
There was zero chance I was going to let Lupus control my life, there was zero chance I was willing to accept this as my reality. I knew something had to change and fast. In high school I did yoga and loved it. I loved the way it made me feel, emotionally, physically and mentally. It dawned on me that this was probably the only thing I hadn’t tried yet. I signed up for a YogaWorks membership immediately. Time went by and something amazing started to happen, I started feeling better. I signed up for the 200 hour teacher training program and by the time it came to an end I was feeling even better, it was working. After the 200 hour training finished I signed up for the 300 hour training and it changed my life forever. I knew this is what I was meant to be doing, I was meant to teach yoga.
By the time my 300 hour training finished I had officially put my Lupus in remission. Even though there is no cure for Lupus I knew this was about as good as it could possibly get. I felt better than I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I worked really hard every single day, I changed my lifestyle, I listened to my body and it worked.
That passion, curiosity, and drive all came back and I was me again for the first time in a long time. Yoga can change your life too and I can show you how. It takes hard work and dedication, but no matter what cards life has dealt you I promise that you have everything it takes to fight these battles. You have the power to make dramatic changes in your life, whatever those might be for you, let me show you how.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar