My first yoga class was in 1997 in Bryn Mawr, PA. My teacher was Baron Baptiste and I knew from that first day in a yoga class being led by him, that I had found a new way of being. I felt uplifted, empowered, and wrung out. I continued to take classes with Baron while he was in the Pennsylvania area and years of stress and tension related to an eating disorder and body image issues melted away.
When Baron moved to Boston I was fortunate to continue classes at a Baptiste affiliate in Malvern, PA. I completed my first 200 hour training under Master Baptiste teacher Bill Raup at Power Yoga Works. During my teacher training I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease. Through a dedicated asana practice, a healthy lifestyle and a commitment to personal revolution - I found a path to heal. My life became my practice and my practice became my life.
After many years in a stressful corporate sales job, my husband and I decided to move home to North Carolina.
I graduated from UNC in 1988 with a BA in Journalism. I knew that if we moved to NC I could only live in Chapel Hill.
In 2007, I was walking down Franklin Street and decided to take a short cut to campus. I walked by a vacant store front at University Square and I knew this was the space I had been waiting for.
When I moved to North Carolina I really missed my yoga home in Pennsylvania. Having come from a yoga studio where power vinyasa yoga classes were offered 5 times a day, 7 days a week - I knew there was a need for people who wanted to move their body more than once or twice a week. Franklin Street Yoga Center opened in August of 2007.
The classes that I teach are challenging, motivational, enthusiastic, and empowering. If I were to name my class - it would be "Magic Carpet Ride." Totally about the journey and the process not so much the destination.
My students inspire me day in and day out as well as my husband, my family, my 5 rescue dogs, and 3 rescue cats.