Here I am.
Trailblazer. Yogini. Healer. Teacher. Entrepreneur.
Based in the Minneapolis and St Paul, I teach people powerful simple practices they can integrate into their lives to create more happiness, clarity, personal power, and freedom, and at the same time make the world a better place.
Maybe you’re a seeker of life’s mysteries. Or maybe you’ve got a small or large physical, emotional, or spiritual issue that is creating suffering. Or perhaps you’re aiming to live a more healthy, authentic life.
My tools are primarily Yoga/Meditation, Vortex Healing (new!), and CranioSacral Therapy. I love working with these modalities because:
-they are natural and non-invasive
-they work with the mind AND body (if you "fix" the body, but not the mind the change won't last)
-they get to the root cause
-no negative side effects
-I have experienced a great deal of benefit from each of these modalities in my own life
What sort of issues do I help people with?
Personal Power (being okay with who you are, discovering/owning your brilliance)
Relationship to Food
Money (greed, unravelling poverty mindset, manifestation)
Communication (shyness, speaking your truth, overcoming fear)
Emotional Healing (anger, sadness, shame, grief, and fear)
“If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got"
I don't fit in a box. Frankly, I never have. What really inspires me is the weaving together of wisdom from a number of traditions that I have studied.
I have been studying and applying the healing and spiritual arts actively for 13 years in modalities including yoga (Kundalini, vinyasa, hatha, yin, Iyengar), meditation (mindfulness, breathing, and chanting), CranioSacral Therapy, shamanism, Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbs, diet, and lifestyle), and Reiki.
I am a combination of quiet and courageous. Sometimes I don't have much to say, yet I love speaking and sharing my work (kind of paradoxical, huh?).
As a teacher I explain things as I understand them. I'm not into glamorizing spirituality, making empty promises, or getting lost in the fluff. Often times, spiritual and emotional growth requires a real honest look at what's in the way—which isn't necessarily easy.
I'm also not afraid to say that I'm not perfect and I don't have all the answers. However, I continue to be fascinated in learning what actually works to cultivate happiness and freedom. Everyday my aim is to more fully embody what it means to be an honest, compassionate and effective human being.
Have a burning vision, passion, or just want something ELSE? Ready for some trail blazin'? I've started officially offering Integrative Biz Coaching for soul-inspired entrepreneurs. The reason? Developing and building a business is tough and I can help you move through your challenges so that you can live your purpose, bring more light into the world, and live the lifestyle that fits your values. Learn how here.
Interested in collaborating with me? Are you a healer, yoga studio, organization, creative, shaman, business guru, retreat center, yoga teacher training, writer, and/or musician? I'm all about expansion, so if you jive with my message, let's talk.
My work is informed by my life experiences. I grew up in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. I lived on 15 acres with my parents and 5 siblings. I played in the woods often by myself, making up stories and adventures.
As I grew older and moved into high school I went to the School of Environmental Studies, an alternative high school that empowered students to think for themselves. I was very quiet and shy. In fact, public speak terrified me. I think my teachers would be very surprised that now I speak and teach for a living! But there is a lesson here for me and for all of you.... "sometimes our biggest fears turn out to be one our greatest strengths."
In high school I was totally into math and science, a nerd if you will. I did really well in these classes and even competed in tournaments. At this time in my life, I was also struggling with depression and anxiety. My high school offered yoga after school. This was waaay before yoga became mainstream. I didn't even know what yoga was! I just went for it. A common motif in my life (read on).
I loved yoga from the first time I tried it. And by chance, I had a fabulous teacher. I noticed I felt better when I did yoga. I was so into yoga, that I would even skip track practice to go to yoga. I was such a rebel then! One of the benefits from yoga I noticed immediately was how it helped balance my moods and relieved stressed. I was hooked!
I went on to go to college and I majored in chemistry and environmental science. I graduated with honors and had big plans to go to grad school. After graduating college I decided to move to Boulder, Colorado to pursue my passion for yoga & outdoor adventure and WOW, was it wonderful!!! I did yoga, rock climbed, and hiked...a lot. My life in Boulder was absolutely joyful. I did my first teacher training in Boulder with an amazing teacher, Shannon Paige. I also studied holistic health from a Naturopath. To sum it up, I would say that Boulder ignited my life and interest in the healing arts.
At the time I lived in Boulder I was applying for grad school and exploring life options. I wasn't satisfied with my life as a research chemist. I didn't like working for someone else and I was bored with the nature of the work. After applying to grad school I was accepted into several PhD programs and started visiting schools around the country with the intention of creating a more meaningful life for myself. As I visited schools and met with professors, I TRIED to be enthusiastic. I tried to be passionate about science and research. But the truth was, my interest in research was waning and the thought of doing research in a lab for 4-6 years (and probably the rest of my life) brought tears to my eyes.
I ended up declining my graduate school offers and moving back to my roots in Minnesota to work at 3M as a research chemist to figure things out. At this time I started taking classes in CranioSacral Therapy. I really loved the philosophy of CranioSacral Therapy and it felt very natural to me.
Still I felt a sadness and boredom at my work at 3M. Even though I had a good income, a nice place to live, and job security, I felt like a caged bird. My creativity was stifled at work, and every day was getting worse. I quit my job and took a leap into starting my own business.
Yes, there is a learning curve in starting your own business (who knew?). Yes, there are ups and downs. Yes, there were periods where I had $0 in my bank account. But was it worth it for me? Absolutely. And, I will say this: Kundalini Yoga helped me stay grounded, centered, clear and focussed through the entire process.
In 2014 I realized I had semi-chronic Lyme Disease. I was completely broke at the time and didn't have many outside resources to help me. I had tried the modern medicine approach, and I didn't have much relief. I turned to alternative medicine. I was in a lot of pain and I was afraid. Mindset was key here and I have to credit my meditation practice for helping me get through. All I could do is stack the deck in my favor and trust that whatever happened.
So what happened? I did 2-4 hours of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation everyday. I cleaned up my diet. I received acupuncture once a week by an amazing acupuncturist. I worked with botanical medicine. And guess what? After about 3 months 99% of my symptoms were gone.
So, that brings me to about present day. I have ups and downs like anyone else. I make mistakes. And, I continue to learn how I can more fully show up in a way that honors my needs and also serves the needs of those around me. I am also outrageously determined to let my life be an example of compassionate action.
And one more thing: My intention with my offerings is to help you overcome obstacles so you can LIVE your potential! The first step towards creating a life that is in alignment with the flow of life is believing it is possible. I teach tools and offer experiences to assist you in creating a life that flows. A life where you feel purposeful. A life where you know how to tend to your needs. A life where you learn how to live with more ease and less exhaustion. If this seems to be what you're looking for, let me teach you tools and techniques to Elevate Your Whole Life.