I have been fitness oriented since I was little, whether it was playing sports, running, snowboarding, biking, I loved being active. Growing up in Park City, I played football and ran track in high school. I played football at Utah State University from 2009 to 2011. I have always enjoyed working out with the challenges and results it's brought me, and that's all I really knew.
In 2013 my mom started working for a company called Baptiste yoga. At the time I didn't really know anything about it. I thought yoga was this thing that people went to become more flexible. I had never taken a yoga class before in my life, and eventually my mom got me to go to my first class with her. It was a hot power flow class similar to SLPY and at the end of it I thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion. Before this class if you were to tell me that a yoga class could be as physically intense as the workouts I did in college I would have laughed at the idea.
After taking my first class I was hooked, I wanted to be like those yoga masters on Instagram who do the crazy inversions and advanced poses. I am a very competitive person by nature and in classes I was always competing with the person on the mat beside me. Starting my yoga journey I looked at yoga as this great work out that not only builded strength but flexibility at the same time. It wasn't until my first teacher training in 2014 that I came to realize yoga was so much more then that. That teacher training opened me up to this whole new muscle I had never payed attention to, which was literally right between my eyes. I began learning about the philosophy of yoga and what a yoga practice truly meant. Yoga became this vessel for me to not only stay healthy physically, but mentally as well. I never really saw myself teaching, but after my first training I craved it even more. With an open mind I went to my level 2 training the following year in 2015. I learned that these comfort zones we limit ourselves to can be stepped out of to do the things we have always wanted to, and that we've just been too afraid or not ready to do them before.
Yoga for me has now transformed into a time I can develop and work on finding my true north and becoming that person I've always wanted to be. My goal as a teacher is to try and give my students the same life changing experience I had with yoga, and help them discover the limitless potential yoga can bring to their day to day lives.