You can call me a scientist.
You can call me an artist, an engineer, a wife, daughter, sister, friend, student, teacher. You can call me a living, breathing human being.
I am you. And you are me.
Through it all, I am devoted to being a source of calm and healing for the world.
I practice yoga to cultivate clarity and strength, balance and awareness – that sense of fully being, making space, and accessing stillness, even in the midst of all the doing and turbulence.
I have somehow always been drawn to yoga, and have practiced certain pieces and techniques (without necessarily knowing what I was doing) for as long as I can remember. I began practicing yoga asana in a formal manner consistently around 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah, at a gym where I worked a lifeguard in high school. Having a background in dance and gymnastics, the physical practice felt familiar, and the strengthening, stretching, focusing, and calming aspects were much-appreciated complements to all the long-distance running I was doing at the time. I quickly fell into a regular practice (both in classes and my own routines, in the stillness of late nights at home). I have been in Boulder, Colorado since 2012, after practicing and studying with so many influential teachers along the way from Utah to Texas, New Zealand, India, Pennsylvania, and Panama (where I lived as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in a remote indigenous village, practicing yoga every night by candlelight in my small bamboo hut).
I studied and learned to teach in a 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training at Shoshoni Yoga Ashram, in the mountains near Rollinsville, Colorado, and have studied extensively with Shannon Paige, completing a 500-hour certification. Erica Kaufman, founder of Lila Yoga, has been a special influence on my practice, with whom I have traveled to India and love to practice with whenever our paths manage to converge.
In recent years, I have studied and practiced in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition at The Yoga Workshop in Boulder, with Ty Landrum, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Ashley Hixon, and others. I also study regularly with Rod Stryker, and hold special practices from a brief encounter with Douglas Brooks. I learn from every teacher I meet, and have been fortunate to travel widely and experience practices from many traditions.
I am endlessly awed and humbled by everything that unfolds along the path. This lifetime has been very interesting so far.
I am also trained as a scientist/engineer, and am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), where I work on modeling the polar ice sheets as part of a large, collaborative earth system/climate model. I hold a PhD from the University of Colorado in civil engineering (with my main research involving modeling meltwater drainage and ice dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet).
From 2009-2011, I lived and worked as an environmental health (water and sanitation) Peace Corps volunteer in an indigenous village in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, in Panama. If you’re curious about what that world is like, have a look here.