A basketball and track and field athlete from a rural town in New Hampshire, I had never known about yoga until one night in the basement of my Boston University dorm in 2004. A medley of 18 year olds practicing on towels and led by the resident philosophy professor’s girlfriend – that was my raw and fantastic introduction to yoga. While I can’t claim that particular yoga experience to be what hooked me, it certainly opened my eyes, and marks the beginning of my current path in yoga.
What eventually led me to yoga is not as relevant as what kept me there. I truly believe that the power of the lessons we learn on the mat, when applied to our lives off the mat, is unlimited. In addition to its physical benefits, yoga is self-discovery, and offers lessons for how to cope and thrive through all of life's ups and downs. Yoga has helped me reflect, heal, and grow – especially during some very challenging times – and I want to share that with as many people as I can.
In my classes, expect a playful, lighthearted, and accessible all-levels practice, and we'll probably laugh somewhere along the way. My class has a strong focus on alignment, while encouraging curiosity, self-compassion, and listening to one's own body. As my student, I hope you will learn a little bit more about yourself, honor yourself, have fun, and just plain feel good!
In addition to my local yoga classes, I am passionate about combining my love for yoga with travel, nature, and adventure. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, I caught the travel bug at an early age, when I would receive postcards and hear stories from my grandfather's travels around the world. Through leading yoga outside and organizing retreats, I hope to share this love of experiencing the world with my students, my tribe. Finally, I also feed my soul with experimental healthy cooking, reading, creating art, spending time in nature, seeing live music (preferably outdoors!), and searching for new experiences.
A bit about my professional background:
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston University with a minor in Spanish Language. My love for travel led me to study abroad in both London and Madrid in 2005 and 2006. After graduation, I worked for five years for the private corporation EF Educational Tours, an international educational travel company. A career changer, I later went back to school to receive a Master’s degree in Teaching (Elementary Education) and have worked for five years in the Boston Public School system. After teaching 2nd grade for four years (and teaching yoga and meditation to my colleagues last year), I worked full-time as an elementary art teacher. And you better believe that every single art class, in every grade from pre-K to 5, began with a few minutes of meditation or yoga!
At this point in my journey, I am running Wander Free Wellness full time, teaching yoga, leading workshops and retreats, and creating handmade healing jewelry. I'd love to work with you!
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Education and Training:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology ~ Boston University 2007
Master's Degree in Teaching, Elementary Education ~ Northeastern University 2012
Yoga Teacher Certification (200 Hour) ~ Back Bay Yoga, now YogaWorks Back Bay 2015
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training ~ Bow Street Yoga 2016
Backcountry Yoga (Outdoor Yoga Guide) Teacher Training ~ Backcountry Yoga 2017
Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Certification ~ SUP Yo! 2017
Reiki I & II Certification ~ 2018