I understand yoga to be the practice of letting go of the temporal identity and moving into the transpersonal—a practice that allows one to recognize, through experience, the goodness of the life force that flows through us and informs all existence.
My first introduction to a sun salutation took place at the Governor’s Honors Program when I was a 16-year-old theatre major. The lead instructor began each morning with a 45-minute physical/vocal warm-up. Since then, Namaskara A has been a part of my vocabulary and practice.
For a long time I experienced yoga on a purely physical level; it was a great way to warm, tone and stretch the body. Later in life, as questions of spirituality and personal relationship to the Divine began to move to the top of the priority list, yoga began to reveal itself as a practice that created space for such exploration.
Yoga addresses the mind, body, breath, and spirit. As a holistic practice, it creates the space for one to feel into the essential nature of being—into the goodness that is at the center of all expression. It is in this engagement that true identification and authentic action are possible.
I added yoga to my daily spiritual practice seven years ago and profound changes have occurred since that time. My priorities have shifted and my career has been realigned. Five years ago I decided to deepen my practice and joined a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Peachtree Yoga with Graham Fowler and Ursula Nix. I have since received master level Reiki attunements, begun the Pranakriya 500-hour teacher training at Jai Shanti, and begun the process of Thai Yoga therapy certification. I am so grateful to have this practice in my life and to be afforded the opportunity to share it with others.
As a theatre artist I have facilitated movement and dance for 30 years and currently teach at Kennesaw State University. I also work as a freelance director, choreographer and performer in the Atlanta area.
- 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training – Peachtree Yoga, Atlanta