I discovered my love of horseback riding at age 9 growing up in the heart of New Jersey horse country, just 20 minutes away from the United States Equestrian Team headquarters. I competed at the national level up and down the East coast in the Junior Hunters and Equitation, and went to the National Equitation Finals in 2007 and 2008. I then turned to riding in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competitions during my college career at Wake Forest University (NC).
In my spare time and during school breaks I competed up to the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers in VT, NJ, and NC with my beloved partner Wacky. My time on horseback showed me the mental and physical strength I didn't know I had, but also caused a few injuries and minor concussions. During my time in college, I started looking for additional ways to move my body and stay fit as my time for riding decreased and my focus on academic pursuits increased.
While in graduate school at Northwestern University for a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and Policy, I solidified my passion for barre and yoga. I moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2015 and worked in higher education for a few years. I became a barre instructor in 2017 and completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with NuPower Yoga in 2018. In February 2019, I left higher education to teach yoga and barre full-time. I completed my 300 hour Advanced Studies training through Asheville Yoga Center in January 2020, the same month I opened the original physical home of Heart of Wisdom Yoga in Franklin, TN. This initial physical home closed at the end of November 2020.
Yoga and barre are the only workouts I have ever found that challenge my body and mind in the same way as horseback riding. I have seen changes in my physical, mental, and spiritual health since starting my yoga practice. I strive to cultivate patience, nonattachment, and clarity in myself and my students both on and off the mat. When I'm not doing yoga, you can find me cuddling with my rescue dog, Charm. She's my best buddy and a miracle dog. She's missing 12" of her intestines from a virus!
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