Here I am.
Trailblazer. Yogini. Healer. Teacher. Entrepreneur.
Based in the Minneapolis and St Paul (though I love travelin'), I teach people powerful simple practices they can integrate into their lives to create more happiness, peace, and freedom, and at the same time make the world a better place.
I am driven by a deep curiosity of understanding the science and spirituality behind happiness, freedom, authenticity and peace. I'll start by saying this: I don't fit in a box. Frankly, I never have. What makes me feel most alive is weaving together wisdom from a number of traditions that I deeply connect with. I believe the complex issues we are facing emotionally, spiritually, environmentally, and politically require a new form of creativity and vision that cannot be solved by the decisions, values, and choices that got us here.
I believe the fullest expression of my authenticity comes from carving my own path and I draw inspiration from my eclectic background.
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, unless of course you hand me a microphone (contact me directly for speaking inquiries, I'm quiet but I love talkin' to groups)!
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 am continuously fascinated in learning what 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.
Part of my intention is to make spirituality accessible to communities and peoples who are marginalized. One of the ways I do this is by offering many (most!) of my events and services on a donation basis. Much of my work is supported by the generosity of the community. I also offer scholarships for one-on-one sessions.
My tools are primarily Empowerment Coaching, Yoga/Meditation, 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
I help people cultivate happiness, joy, and freedom.
What sort of issues do I help people with?
Relationship to Food
Money (greed, unravelling poverty mindset, manifestation)
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got"
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 our greatest strengths."
In high school I was totally into math and science. 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. If I summed 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 and easy for 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 I was really only using part of my potential. My creativity was stifled at work, and I could not take it anymore. I cannot stand suffering, so 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 was in my highest good.
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 created a life where I generally feel confident, connected, and cable of navigating life and all its challenges.
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 your heart 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 feel happiness. If this seems to be what you're looking for, let me teach you tools and techniques to Elevate Your Whole Life.