What year did you first start practicing yoga?
2012

Was there any particular reason you started practicing yoga?
After knee surgery, I was no longer able to run at the intensity level to which I had been accustomed. I found through yoga, I became increasingly more satisfied with the decreased miles I was able to put in outside of the hot room. The mental and physical workout I receive inside the hot room has changed my life for the better.

Favorite posture and why?
60/90-minute classes—Standing Head to Knee (DandayamanaJanushirasana): To me, this posture requires all of my concentration, strength, balance and flexibility. Determination is key in order to deepen this posture. The depth of my posture varies class to class.

Iron Hour—Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II): This posture works every muscle in my body.Warrior II is a very strong posture as you are deep in a lunge, abs are engaged, arms are stretched out wide and parallel to the floor and gazing over fingertips with enhanced strength.

Why do you currently practice this yoga?
It’s a great workout in which my strength and flexibility are maintained from years of competitive sports. Breathing in and out through my nose for 60 and/or 90 minutes was quite the task when I first began practicing, and I thought the instructors were “crazy” to tell me that was the only passageway of air I was going to use throughout class. Over the years, my breathing has become deeper, slower and easier.

What do you love about teaching yoga?
I love the people it brings me in contact with. It truly is something I look forward to each day. Not only is it rewarding to see people become stronger, attain goals, and overcomeinjuries, but it is also a place of positivity.

Two things most people don’t know about you?
I love and know a lot about SEC Football (Auburn coming first!)
Mashed Potatoes and Cheese Dip are my guilty pleasure

Yoga Training

Sterling Iron Hour Teacher Training, December 2016

Education

B.S., Kinesiology/Exercise Science, Auburn University

Hometown

Opelika, AL

Favorite Pose

Standing Head to Knee
Warrior II

Hobbies

AU football games with family, being outside (especially anything that involves the water), spending time with my two dogs, Tucker and Jackson, and yoga