Past, Present, and Future...
MY PAST - I didn’t play sports in high school, although I was on the golf team. It was during my junior year that I discovered yoga and fell in love. I had finally found a physical activity that I liked! I bought a few DVDs (and VHS!) and began my yoga practice. When I began college the following fall, yoga wasn’t a priority as partying became my new hobby. I spent nearly all of my 20’s going to work and partying on the weekends. I rarely found time to practice yoga these years. I didn’t have self love. I was depressed. I was overweight. I was lost. I felt like I was wasting my life; working every week just to pay to go out on the weekend. I wanted to take my life in a different direction, but I had no idea how or where I wanted to go. Three days before my 30th birthday, I unexpectedly lost my Grandfather. The year prior to his passing, I had been very disconnected from my family and depressed. This loss woke me up and made me realize everything I was missing out on in life. I didn’t want to waste another decade of my life. I came back to my yoga practice and finally began to find my path and myself. Every time I stepped on my yoga mat, I found more peace, calm, and clarity. I knew this was my life path and I wasn’t going back to my old ways.
Being a yoga teacher had been on my mind since 2006 and I finally began to follow that dream in 2014. After 2 years of learning, studying, and teaching, I opened EB Yoga in October of 2016. My intention has been to create a space where students feel comfortable and I want to make beginners feel welcomed and encouraged. I love teaching yoga and I love seeing others find peace, happiness, and strength through this practice. After over 2 and a half years of sharing EBY with the Bay City community, I decided to close my Bay City studio to spend more time with my online studio and community. Learn more about EBY Online Studio HERE.
MY FUTURE I love being a student of yoga as much as I love being a teacher. I love to study anatomy, read yoga philosophy and history, and learn from teachers who are experts in their areas. I have taken over 1000 hours of in-person training, about half with Vinyasa based teachers and half at Kripalu. Alexandria Crow’s Deconstruct to Reconstruct training has forever changed me as a teacher. The 50 days I have spent training at Kripalu have been life changing. After completing a 300 hour training at Kripalu in November 2018, I am now looking forward to taking Alex Crow’s 300 hour training in 2019.
MY PRESENT I combine Vinyasa Flow + Kripalu Yoga + my Yoga Physics training with Alexandria Crow, to create EB Yoga. I teach yoga for the average, inflexible person. I don’t teach poses like putting your leg behind your head or the splits or any other yoga pose that you’ve seen and thought “I could never do that!” I understand the range of motion that most people’s joints can move in, and I try to teach within that average, functional range. I offer lots of modifications and encourage everyone to do what feels good. I teach poses that strengthen your body and help you move better in everyday life. I teach breathwork and meditation techniques that help you relax and de-stress. I want people to feel the benefits of yoga, not feel left out because they couldn’t achieve a fancy pose.