As I walked out of my first grade classroom for the last time eight years ago, I knew that although my career as a school teacher was at an end, my passion for learning and teaching was still an ember ready to be rekindled.
During the past 25 years, through periods of calm or stress, emotional ups and downs, and even when plagued by physical afflictions, the one thing that kept me centered, grounded and balanced was the practice of yoga. Sometimes asana practice, at times meditation, and more often than not, the breath work… whatever form it took, the gift of yoga has made a real difference in my life.
As life would have it, a serendipitous encounter here in Southern Pines led me to pursue training as a yoga teacher. Although I was nursing a badly injured nerve in my leg, the Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro welcomed me into their program. It was a perfect fit as the program focused on proper alignment and safety, modifications for all ability levels, therapeutic applications of yoga, and the importance of meditation and breath work in the development and of the whole self.
I completed my 200 RYT (registered yoga teacher) in March 2012 convinced that anyone at any age or ability level can practice yoga if shown the proper modifications. As I have embraced “aging gracefully” I can personally attest to the strength, flexibility and balance improvements that an asana practice can provide. More importantly is the self -awareness and inner calm that develops along the way!
I am grateful that Southern Pines Yoga is here in our community, and that I am fortunate enough to be an instructor, keen to share the beauty and benefits of the yoga practice. I particularly enjoy leading the more gentle or restorative classes, offering suggestions and modifications when needed to make the practice safe, accessible and most of all, joyful , for anyone who comes to practice with us.