Owner of Rebel Yell Yoga
Some people come to yoga for inspiration - I came to yoga out of desperation. We city folk are generally cynical & jaded, but I was willing to give yoga a try because I’d tried everything else, and “everything else” wasn’t working.
The sweaty shapes & deep breathing of power vinyasa yoga were a doorway for me to the other limbs of yoga. Learning about the Yamas & Niyamas has helped this generally non-religious gal have a clear ethical path that made sense for real life. I began exploring other forms of Asana, and even Pranayama on its own. The power of just a few minutes of focused breathing to calm even my craziest fury was illuminating! Always an introvert, I found Pratyahara to be delightfully refreshing. Dharana challenged me to stay in the moment, no matter how unpleasant, and Dhyana showed me the power of meditation to bring the kind of peace to my spirit that I’d never thought possible for myself. Samadhi is that taste of peace, and the bliss of knowing that it’s possible, no matter how brief. And that glimpse into the heaven that can be - in this life, right here on earth - brings me back to yoga over & over again.
Yoga continues to open my heart and help me to navigate the sometimes thorny path of hope, acceptance, and forgiveness. My background as a professional singer shows up in class as a focus on the music of your body in motion - the beat of your heart, the rhythm of your breath, the song of your soul. By listening to the wisdom within, we start to see how incredible we truly are, and can live kinder, more authentically fulfilling lives, inspiring others to do the same. My classes are direct & challenging in their simplicity, intended to bring to light what happens when you stand in the fire. I believe that when we practice being uncomfortable, we become unshakable, and that power is within you waiting to be revealed!
Rebel Yell Yoga is the manifestation of my soul’s purpose, to hold space for everyone to experience the freedom of this practice. A place to discover what it feels like to be part of a supportive & uplifting community; to develop the courage to delve into every part of ourselves & shine a light; and to nurture the compassion to recognize & honor the humanity in everyone, no matter their story. We rise together!
With endless gratitude, I acknowledge my teachers (Bryan Kest, Seane Corn, Jessica Micheletti, S.N. Goenka, Lama Marut, Brandy Davis, Suzanne Sterling, Sadie Nardini, and everyone whose classes, workshops, and talks I’ve had the privilege to attend over the years) and my teachers’ teachers, and those before them, and those before them, and those before them…