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Teaching movement is my joy.

I teach yoga, movement, + meditation inside mov/ed. By learning practices that move our bodies and our minds, we can learn to move ourselves through what we need -- whether a space to heal or to grow. I call this movement into your own sense of safety and prosperity, "feeling more like yourself," and it's something we can all learn to find. 

Learning is healing

We all have hurts, small ones and big ones, fresh ones and olds ones, that we are healing. Within mov/ed, my hope is to inspire learning that heals and renews -or welcomes you to discover a new understanding of yourself. It's a movement education to help us make space for connections within body, mind, and self. 
teaching about+testimonials

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I like your openness and curiosity --the most valuable thing for me in your classes is to see your qualities and be inspired by them.
- Linda, group class student

Why I teach

I love it. Plain and simple.
I came to love teaching while navigating an injury recovery. What I learned about my body through that healing process sparked my interest in how the human body works. I loved having insight into why I was hurting and how to change it.

Even during my first awkward teaching attempt during my first training, I lit up inside. It was clear that teaching was my way to connect with and help other people. 

I spent years teaching a "strong vinyasa flow," while also adding new healing tools to my teaching toolbox: resources for healing injuries to the physical body, affronts to identity, and complex pain from trauma. I have always been drawn to the healing side of movement, yoga, and meditation, and this is present in all of my teaching (even when I'm leading "movement as exercise"!). 

I choose to teach simple practices that most of us can find useful for some immediate need. Even though the range of tools is limited, I marvel at how each of my students is unique in what they draw from the work: the range of possible discovery is unbounded. And it's in the open-ended space for that individual experience that healing can happen.

We all need space to heal and get to know ourselves better. This space doesn't need to be a solitary or lonely one. Inside mov/ed, I offer community through my podcasts, classes, and 1:1 sessions, and you can choose the avenue that suits you best in any given week.

What I teach, exactly

My business card says "yoga teacher," "meditation teacher," and "movement teacher." Those are just labels, though. (Read on for some specifics behind those labels.) But in short, what I actually do is help students get to know (and like) themselves through these practices.  
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YOGA

I teach a vinyasa-based style of yoga that combines my training in the ISHTA Yoga lineage with therapeutic strength + restorative practices. I use a trauma-sensitive approach in all my classes and teaching.

STRENGTH + MOBILITY

Strength + mobility are powerfully important when you don't have enough to do what you need or enjoy. I link the two: we use strength to improve mobility and work toward full range of motion in strength training. 

MEDITATION

I teach ISHTA Yoga's kriya meditation techniques, which use simple visuals and mantras to help focus the mind. It's not very flowery (especially the way I teach it), but it is very powerful. 

AWARENESS

Learning movement and meditation often helps you see yourself anew. Building awareness is at the heart of my work, in a way that leaves you room to notice what you notice, when you're ready.

this is mov/ed

A space to move, heal, and be true to yourself. Want a personal introduction? 
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