Last year was one of the toughest of my life. I lost my four legged best friend, Meisha, two weeks before our 12th anniversary and I suffered two concussions that greatly affected my memory, caused migraines, light sensitivity, and crippling nausea after using a computer. This year I turned 40 and choose to leave a soul depleting career to return to yoga and launch my passion project, Mountain Heart Coaching!
Its amazing how much can change in a year. My grief journey has been painful and inspiring. Months before Meisha passed, she was diagnosed with cancer. Caring for an elderly pet is precious and heart wrenching. Her passing, although very painful, showed me the ways I was avoiding my own suffering and no longer allowed me to pretend everything was okay. The heartache of her passing reminded me what it means to be alive. In recovery from the concussions and the loss, I decided to take a huge leap and live in a way that sustains my energy and expresses my truest self. Leaving a safe paycheck and job security was terrifying but I knew I couldn't continue exhausting my resources. I was at the bottom of the barrel. There had to be a different way!
Below you will find my bio and background in yoga and coaching.
I hope to practice with you on the mat and/or help you navigate life as your coach!
Born and raised in New Hampshire, I attended Plymouth State University where I graduated with a BS in Childhood Studies. I have been teaching yoga since 2012! I am a certified 500 hour experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) with trainings through Vida Vinyasa and Karen Price in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Later, I became a certified trauma sensitive yoga facilitator (TCTSY-F) through the Center for Trauma and Embodiment in Massachusetts. This year I became a certified life coach (CLC) through the Life Purpose Institute in San Diego, California. Earlier in life I worked as a bartender, server, restaurant manger, dental assistant, florist, and gardener (to name a few). For almost 4 years I ran yoga & wellness programs at a high school for at-risk male youth. After that, for 3 years, I offered trauma sensitive yoga and managed an eating disorder clinic. When I'm not working I enjoy exploring the world around me, journaling, watching movies, and snuggling with my 11 year old cat (panther), Ziggy!
Coaching is an expression of my love for humanity. Each human roaming this Earth has their own inner world, heart, desires, fears, thoughts, pain, etc. Often society, expectations, and sometimes families can cloud life's vision and we live in a way we think we are supposed to live. Ever hear of a mid-life crisis? Wonder why people change careers or move across the country? Have you ever experienced life changing grief/loss? Over the past few years of supporting students and patients through mental health struggles, I noticed something. I noticed a large portion of people were not living in line with their heart, instead they were living in a way others expected them to or a way society deemed worthy. Denying their true selves, their true nature led to anxiety, inner turmoil, and crisis. My hope is to help people unpack their conditioning to live their truth. Here is the thing, you already know what you want/need. As a coach I am here to hold the non-judgmental space for you to explore those wants and needs.
I am looking forward to coaching you on how to live your most heart centered life!
I am a certified E-RYT 500 yoga instructor. My teaching journey began with a 7+ year apprenticeship with Karen Price. I became a RYT 200 through Vida Vinyasa in New Hampshire. Later, I completed my 300 hours to become a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F) through the Center for Trauma and Embodiment in Massachusetts.
Yoga is a deeply personal practice that keeps me centered and strong. My belief is a steady yoga practice is great for overall health, compliments most lifestyles, and a safe way to heal heal all kinds of trauma. My style of teaching varies and adjusts to the students in front of me. Currently I enjoy teaching restorative, yin, gentle, and gentle flow styles. Come as you are. I do not offer physical assists.