A little about me…
When COVID-19 first started to encourage us all to stay home and many of our typical activities were not available, I began offering classes for local friends. I soon realized I could expand this offering to any person who wanted to attend.
I wanted to give something in a time when it seemed there was so much being taken away. I want to keep this going by providing free virtual classes on Sundays. With the free Sunday virtual classes, I invite everyone into my home- mess, puppies, and all- to show that no matter how crazy life gets, we can all fit in yoga. I have a career Monday through Friday so I share the benefits of yoga when I can and try to do so with an open and lighthearted approach.
I wanted to remove the financial barriers of yoga first, as well as addressing the COVID restriction barriers. Yoga has an immeasurable number of benefits and I never want price to be a barrier. I prefer to have people invest any money on good, durable, and sustainable yoga mats and props. Yes, I said props. Good blocks, bolsters, blankets, and even chairs are important in your practice.
I first started providing free yoga through a collaboration with the Florida Department of Health CHIP and other government agencies.
Why the octopus in the logo?
An octopus can change shape, size, and color. It can live and move in water and on land. An octopus is strong, but also soft (bodied). Octopi are intelligent and can work through problems. They can fit in most places (as long as their beak can fit). Yoga is about understanding that you are made to fit, that you deserve to take up space, being able to adapt to smaller spaces, and solve problems while remaining calm. Always be yourself, unless you can be an octopus.
Additionally, most people know yoga for the poses (asana) and the breathing (pranayama) but there are actually eight limbs of yoga. The eight limbs are: Yamas (restraints), Niyamas (observances), Asana (poses), Pranayama (breath), Dharana (intense focus), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (state of oneness). These are topics are going to be part of the Patreon discussions as well as just some other fun tips, tricks, and chats.
I started my yoga teacher training in 2014, earning my first 200hr YTT from North Port Yoga under Natalie DiMauro. I continued my teacher training to obtain my meditation teacher training and 500hr RYT under Dawn Yager and Shanti Yoga, Myrtle Beach.