family yogaMy yoga journey began in 2004, while studying abroad in Cork, Ireland. Little did I know when I took that first free class in the University College Cork gymnasium that yoga would slowly change my life, allowing me to learn to soften, heal, and grow. It is a true privilege to now be able to share yoga with others, even as I continue to be a lifelong student.

A former Children’s Librarian, I have been working with kids since 2005, and making yoga fun and accessible for children and young people brings me great joy! I became a certified Childlight Yoga Teacher in 2013. I am also trained in the use of Yoga 4 Classrooms®, a specialized curriculum that brings yoga into school settings without the need for any special clothing or equipment. I frequently teach yoga and mindfulness to kids of all ages in a variety of settings, including schools, libraries, and yoga studios. I am currently writing a manual for librarians and early childhood educators on the use of yoga and creative movement with young children in storytime programs called Stories, Songs, and Stretches! Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement. This title is being published by the American Library Association and is expected to be available in early 2017.

Kids’ Yoga is very different from grown-up yoga! For the littlest of yogis, we use lots of stories, songs, and imaginative play to explore physical shapes and yoga concepts. Classes for older kids and teens include more challenging postures, positive affirmations, and relaxation strategies, but still embrace a spirit of silliness and play. Learn more about my classes for kids, and find fun ideas to share with your little ones at home on my blog.6

I became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200-hour level after completing a teacher training program at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2015. When teaching to adults, it is my intention to share the gift of great healing that yoga has brought into my life. To this end, my teaching style is approachable, down-to-earth, and empowering.

As a yoga student, I continually work to embrace the gift of being human.