Who We Are
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1992 and enjoy working with people for muscle soreness, pain management, and relaxation to promote better health and well being. I am often asked how I got interested in massage therapy and I think it was just a good fit for me. I like working with people and learning new ways to help people. Practicing massage therapy has given me the opportunity to do both.
In 2005, I completed the requirements to be a Licensed Professional Counselor because I became more and more interested in the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. People often wonder if the two work together and at times they do work together such as for pain management and stress relief. There has been some promising research on massage therapy helping with depression and anxiety.
As a professional counselor, my beliefs are that people can change. Creating a respectful, trusting environment can give people the hope and courage to develop new ways of thinking and new skills. These can help people cope with life and help create better relationships with the people they care about. I know your time is important so it may help to know what to expect from your appointment. Massage therapy sessions are usually 1 hour and counseling sessions are 50 minutes. I accept most major insurance for counseling.
MED, LPC, LMT
I began dabbling in yoga in 2005 purely for the physical benefits to complement a fairly intense training schedule for cycling and triathlons. After competing in long distance track and cross country in college, it took a few years for me to understand the different pace and philosophy of yoga (it’s not about winning or being the best?). Through taking a variety of classes, reading and researching to improve my practice I soon fell in love with it. Wanting to share the benefits of yoga with others, I became certified to teach in 2009. Surprisingly, once I began teaching yoga my own practice took on new meaning and seemed to develop to a whole new level. Now I cannot imagine my life without it. Regular practice has made me physically stronger, helped me through stressful and extremely emotional points in life and intensified my connection with God. I have a passion for health and fitness and sharing this passion with others. With a BA in psychology, an MS in Kinesiology and a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology I currently teach courses at Hardin Simmons University in the Fitness and Sport Science Department. I am a certified personal trainer (NASM) with CECs in Sports Nutrition, Myofacial Release and Group Exercise.
I began practicing yoga for exercise in 2010, and quickly fell in love! Through my Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Master Degree in Human Communication I seek to share yoga to enhance the mind, body and spirit. I achieved my first yoga certification in 2011 and finished my 200 RYT (Yoga Alliance Recognized Yoga Teacher Certification) in 2013; E-200 RYT in 2015 and 500 RYT in 2017 through YogaFit Worldwide Training Systems. I seek to improve as an instructor and strives to pass on the love of yoga to all students, including those with PTSD and/or are trauma sensitive, leading me to attain the YogaFit 100hr Warrior Certification. My abundance of fun classes has led to teaching over 3,000 hours of yoga. There are so many avenues to pursue yoga - Beginning to Advanced, Kids to Seniors, Restorative to Sweat - She enjoys sharing with everyone at every level how Yoga blesses the body through improved immunity, energy, strength and calmness.
Though I had been introduced to various styles of Yoga, I began practicing consistently seven years ago. After growing up twenty minutes outside of Fort Worth, going to Texas A&M University for college, and starting my public school teaching career here in Texas, I decided to move to Costa Rica to teach at an International School. Living in a foreign country with no close family near and a culture completely unknown, I found an extreme amount of stability in my yoga practice. While I was hooked on the physical aspect of yoga, my mind found security and connectedness both to myself and to the new world I had found myself living in. My teacher, Gaby, was amazing. She taught me, literally, how to breathe. She taught me how powerful my breath truly is. She, along with my oldest sister, taught me to honor and be grateful for what seems to be so simple, BREATH. I learned that through all of the various seasons of life, we have incredible power that lies inside of each of us. After moving back to the states, I landed in Fort Worth where I continued to teach school as well as get trained to teach yoga. I continue to be “at home” on my mat and getting to share my love for yoga with the students in my class. Yoga continues to allow me the opportunity to get to know my own self, as well as push me to be more open towards compassion, security, love, and curiosity both towards myself and others. My husband and I moved to Abilene this past January and recently welcomed our firstborn daughter, Gia, to our tribe. I am excited for the opportunity to teach, practice, and grow alongside each of you at Sage Yoga!
I began practicing yoga in 2007 and was so impressed with how my body felt over any other “workout.” I fell in love with the practice and earned my YTT 200-hr certification in 2010 through Frog Lotus Yoga. I have taught in Abilene, in some of the beautiful spaces downtown; in South Dakota, in both a typical and a hot yoga studio; and once again in Abilene in the lovely space at Sage Yoga.
A mother of three small children, I am returning to teaching after a “mommy break” and am excited to begin teaching again! I love emphasizing the interaction between the body, mind, and spirit as well as teaching students to listen to their own bodies from day to day and practice to practice. I love flow practices and using the breath to transition and to hold.
I have found yoga to be the best accompaniment to bring myself balance and enhance my lifestyle. Yoga has been a very effective tool for me and my two children to cultivate peace and strength as well as to navigate life's ups and downs. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of yoga so others can also reap the benefits. The best part of yoga is how it can help people of all ages and abilities and I love sharing the possibilities with everyone I can. I have completed my 200 hour yoga certification and an additional 95 hour children's yoga certification. I am working toward finishing my 500 hour certification in Austin and can't wait to share what I am learning to help others find their best selves.