My History and Vision
I’ve always been an avid reader. For me, it’s how I discovered my passion. When I was 16, I found a book on my mother’s bookshelf about yoga. I was living in the Midwest at the time, and yoga was still relatively unknown there. Something drew me in – it intrigued me. As if it were a calling. The first college elective I signed up for was Meditation and Comparative Religion and from there I searched yoga out everywhere I went.
When I moved to Texas I started teaching the tiny bit of yoga that I knew. Having come from humble beginnings, I didn’t realize what it took to be a yoga teacher. I didn’t even really know certifications and formal education existed. I did, however, have an innate ability to connect with people and for a yoga instructor at that time, it seemed to be enough. I was teaching in gyms and various studios but once I realized I could reach more people and affect so many lives with teaching, I knew I had to move on to further education and certification.
The one thing that I learned very early on was that no matter how much education I had, I could not rely on that alone. My early days of teaching were some of my best, because I simply didn’t know what I didn’t know. What came instinctively for me was just connecting with students, and the sharing of myself to groups of people; the good, the bad, the raw, the real. Once I started to really educate myself yoga, then my teaching developed depth. Had I learned it the other way around – knowledge first connection second – I don’t think I’d be the teacher I am today.
Today, I own one of Fort Worth’s most popular and well-known studios, support more than 40 employees, I conduct 200 and 500 hour teacher training certification at my studio and others around the world, and I regularly teach master classes and workshops locally and internationally.
There’s a reason for all of this: I want students and teachers alike to have the knowledge, the instruction, the inspiration and the support they need to experience yoga in its finest form and to learn it because they are curious and hungry for a different way to live. I can teach you to advance your poses into impressive acrobatics if that is what you want. And, I can teach you the tools for what I consider to be the main components of a strong foundation in yoga. Those tools will build a sustainable and quality career path for yoga instructors and a solid resource for living for students of all levels.
I’m here to teach you the why, not just the how. When we start asking why about anything – or everything – in our lives, we find the courage and clarity to have the lives we really want.
I’m not here to reinvent yoga. I just want to bring back the passion around learning it and experiencing it versus the enticing, sexy flash of just doing it. There is already an insatiable desire on this planet for it, and I think it’s an opportunity to become an authentic student of life again. I want to use what we currently know about the time-honored practice and weave in all that we are discovering every day to make it more credible, digestible and accessible for students anywhere – user-friendly and high-quality at the same time.
I simply want to have conversations about it, and teach high-level concepts in a way that could be chatted about in a coffee shop. Why? Because that’s how people can really relate. Just as everyday humans seeking betterment and growth.
I see this happening for students in four distinct ways.
- Through a consistent, Personal Physical Yoga Practice. This takes discipline. And like it or not, it takes the support of friends, teachers, teams, family and work.
- Through ongoing Education and Reputable Study with trustworthy teachers who are still learning themselves, and through experienced professionals and resources in the industry who are dedicated to enhancing the experience of yoga.
- Through and with others in group environments. The Group Dynamic proves itself over time and again – people do things in groups they simply won’t or don’t or decide they can’t by themselves. And guess what they find? Support. Protection. Creation. Freedom. With like-minded love all around them.
- And finally, by taking what we know and experience – no matter how big or small – out into our communities to those who might otherwise never even know what yoga is. I define this component as Philanthropy. But the truth is, it should be called a Practice in Humility.