it started way back when…
A horse crazy girl, who no matter how hard she trained or how many lessons she took, ended most of her rides with tears of frustration. A little out of rhythm, a lot self-conscious, and unwilling to give up on horses… she ended up finding a better way.
I was forced to do yoga turns out, massage school (for humans, I was already a horse massage therapist and realized there was an unaddressed horse/rider connection) made me do things to take care of my body. Soon enough, I started practicing yoga outside of massage school.
Let me repeat that- I wasn’t a willing yoga student, nor did I have any “natural” aptitude for yoga outside a competitive streak my instructor constantly shook her head at.
Since I saw results- physical (losing some weight and my arms got bigger), mental (lower stress), and my riding improved… I stuck with it. To the extent of becoming a yoga teacher so I could help my massage clients off my table.
Riding became fun again…and the (winning) results were the proof
I enjoyed being in the saddle and WW3 didn’t happen every ride. The aches and pains were gone. My horses moved better, we competed better, and my mental game was strong- you ever thought yourself out of a good run before you even got into the arena? That used to be me.
Before yoga, that was me, after yoga I got out of my own way and started riding my horse like I belonged there. Along with the training horses I was riding…and maybe any horse I could swing a leg over.
The best part, my horse started moving better and we were finally feeling like a team. That connection I had only dreamed about before.
I started working with clients using what had worked for me.
They saw the same type of results .
It wasn’t a fluke, I truly had found a way to help horses and riders as a team.
“there is nothing so good for the inside of a (wo)man as the outside of a horse”
John Lubbock…or Ronald Raegan…or Winston Churchill… or me adding the (wo)
Unless the riding hurts more than it helps.
Horses are my passion, movement my hobby, and teaching yoga what I do.
I bring my massage therapist and biomechanics knowledge to every yoga session so it makes sense for your body. Because every person is different.
I work in the moment, on the fly, and based on your feedback.
Once you feel how good it feels to move without pain, you won’t wanna go back.
So if you’re cool with…
Constant horse references (I may have compared a boyfriend to a horse I trained once…)
A healthy sense of humor (not taking ourselves sooo seriously)
Out of the box thinking
Some wine or whiskey on the side
Love the idea of a good day in the barn
And outdoor adventures…
I’m your yoga teacher.
I’m not really into mass producing cookie cutter yoga, although I do have some DIY programs that can get you started, I’m into customization. Finding what works for you, not forcing you into what I think works. Because of that, if we work together, we could actually become friends. (Not a requirement though!)
Yoga needs to work for you, so there’s no expectations of how it has to happen.
We do however, get a program locked down that works for your life.Because while I abhor dogma, I insist on results. I want you to become a self sufficent yoga practitioner, who doesn’t need me.
and I love what I do
To the point I may be obsessed with it
The best way to get started is download the yoga flow below! Then you can get a feel for my style and if you want to go further.
Already know you’re ready for more? Email me through the contact page and we will hit the ground running…errr yoga-ing. Down Dog, we will hit the ground in down dog.
PS- you’ll be just fine without yoga, however…you can be so much better with yoga. And I’m always a fan of improving my edge.