E-RYT500, Lead Trainer, Summers School of Yin Yoga
I have been teaching yoga since 2006. In addition to my role as Lead Trainer at the Summers School of Yin Yoga, I am the owner of Freeport Yoga Company in Freeport, Maine. I am a marathon runner, a mother to two boys (and one yellow dog), and an outdoor adventure-seeker – and I try to balance an active, yang lifestyle with time on the meditation cushion and a contemplative yin practice.
I design my yang (vinyasa) classes to be strong and creative, with an emphasis on functional alignment. My yin classes are physically complementary, heavily influenced by insight meditation and Buddhist teachings. In addition to teaching public classes at my studio in Freeport, I also offer specialty workshops, destination retreats, and teach within 200-hour and 500-hour advanced yoga studies programs.
At the Summers School of Yin Yoga, which offers 200-hour and 300-hour Certifications Yin Yoga Teacher Training, I teach the following modules:
- Yang Yoga Module (50 hours)
- Foundations Module (50 hours)
- Practicum Module (30 hours)
- The Retreat (70 hours)
Here you can find a list of all my upcoming trainings and retreats as a part of the Summers School of Yin Yoga. For more about the program, please see: www.yinyogaschool.com.
- The Yin of Yoga, Trail Runner Magazine, June 2018
- Real Slow: Body Shop, Runner’s World, July 2017
- Five Stress-Relieving Yoga Moves, Runner’s World Online, June 2017
- The Seasonal Runner: Leaping into Spring and Summer, Activity Maine, Spring/Summer 2017
- Yin Yoga: An Essential Practice for Runners, Activity Maine, Winter/Spring 2017
- One Pose – Three Ways, YogaCity NYC, February 2016
Training and Background
I earned my certification to teach vinyasa yoga through Stephanie Keach of Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, North Carolina in 2006. Now an E-RYT500, I have spent the last 12 years training extensively with Josh Summers, as well as many other senior teachers in yoga and meditation, including Nikki Costello, Sage Rountree, Paul Grilley, and Linda Modero. A certified running coach (RRCA), and a certified personal trainer (NASM), one of my passions is teaching yoga specifically to athletes, and I am fortunate to work with many individual athletes and teams at the high school, collegiate, and elite levels.
I approach yoga as an athlete first. From that place, I understand the importance of a practice that is balanced and sustainable, and how that might change from day to day, month to month, and year to year. Navigating those fluctuations takes a training of awareness that invites a softness and receptivity, even in the face of challenge and discomfort.