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300-Hr Vinyasa YTT

Bodhi Yoga Academy

Boulder, CO

i achieved my 300-hr yoga teacher training with Bodhi Yoga Academy via Bodhi Movement Boulder in summer 2019 under the incredible tutelage of irene pappas, samantha lee vetrano, and victoria renfro. it took a deeper dive into philosophy, history, anatomy, inclusivity, and sequencing while being grounded in the Ashtanga Primary series.

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200-Hr Power Yoga YTT

Dancing Mind Yoga

Falls Church, VA

i completed my 200-hr power yoga teacher training in spring 2015 at Dancing Mind in falls church, va - a baptiste yoga affiliated studio with paula baake and dominique cavich.

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80-Hr Handstands & Contortion

Casa Om

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

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Bethany Beach, Delaware

i have officially clocked 80 hours (and counting!) of intensive handstands and contortion training with irene pappas - the teacher i keep going back to! at her intensives and immersions, her thoughtfully designed program employs timed drills, intentional deep stretching, props, technique, and strength training to achieve success. as someone who grew up flipping and tumbling, i am so happy to revisit a more gymnastic style of movement as an adult to literally deepen my range of motion.

photo by:  Kasturbai Bennett @azconaphoto (IG)

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50-Hr Advanced Vinyasa & Meditation

Casa Om

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

i flew to casa om in beautiful puerto morelos, mexico in october of 2018 for an intensive immersion vinyasa and meditation training with irene pappas.

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50-Hr Rocket Training

The Yoga Dojo

Richmond, VA

i was super stoked to take my 50-hr rocket yoga training with steve pyka of Asta Yoga at The Yoga Dojo in richmond, va in july of 2017.

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19-Hr Pre/Post-Natal

Humble Haven Yoga

Richmond, VA

in january 2021, i completed a 19-hr continuing education course specializing in pre and post-natal yoga through humble haven under suzanne burns. the intention of this offering was "to empower each participant with tools to support expectant persons in their journey to parenthood and beyond." i was seeking a program to raise my confidence in providing safe alternatives for expectant folks in my classes, and i completed the weekend with a heightened knowledge, appreciation, and respect for the pre and post-natal practice.

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Yin Certification

Dancing Mind Yoga

Falls Church, VA

i spent a dreamy weekend immersed in yin yoga and received my teaching certification led by heather tourkin, also with Dancing Mind in falls church, va in fall 2015.

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Trauma-Informed YTT

Humble Haven Yoga

Richmond, VA

in november 2019 at humble haven yoga,  leaders suzanne burns, marisa atula, margo buchanan, and ashley williams facilitated a weekend designed for yoga teachers, practitioners, and lovers to better understand the physiological effects of trauma as well as the principles of a trauma-informed approach through yoga. i completed the program with a heightened sense of compassion, sensitivity, and a personal promise to create a safe space for all my students.

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Baptiste Assisting Course

with the Baptiste Yoga Institute

Philadelphia, PA

i am honored to be a graduate of the Baptiste Assisting Course under luca richards in march of 2019- my first direct experience with the Baptiste Institute. we focused heavily on the True North alignment principles and i had the opportunity to assist many people of different bodies, ages, levels, and backgrounds. i gained a new set of skills for guiding new teachers how to assist -  a module that i am passionate about when it comes to leading teacher trainings.

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Baptiste Teacher Course

with the Baptiste Yoga Institute

Clarendon, VA

i rolled into Down Dog Clarendon with a teacher squad from Humble Haven to complete the Baptiste Teacher Course in early may 2019, also under luca richards of  the Baptiste Institute. we dug deep into the entire journey into power series and left with a refreshed appreciation for the power practice we all teach and love.

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Contemporary Circus

FLIC Scuola di Circo

Turin, Italy

after graduating from VCU, i ran away to join the circus - literally! one of my greatest accomplishments to date is having completed the 2-year professional track at FLIC Scuola di Circo in torino, italy. that being the case, i also picked up italian and continue to use it as often as i can.

 

during my first year at circus school, i trained in swinging trapeze, but landed back on my hands my second and final year. i committed to hand balance and dance acrobatics as my chosen specialty and received a certificate as a professional contemporary circus artist in 2013. shortly after, i had the opportunity to travel and train, teach, perform, and work in the czech republic, spain, the netherlands, and france before returning stateside in 2014.

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BFA Dance/Choreography

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

i achieved my bachelor of fine arts magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in richmond, va in 2011. i studied an in-depth creative track of modern dance with an equal emphasis on performance as well as choreography. i danced onstage every semester and was honored to present multiple works of my own, receiving an award for excellence in choreography my senior year as well as presenting at the american college dance festival gala in 2011.

additionally, i completed a minor concentration in spanish and was lucky to spend a month abroad studying in cuernavaca, mexico to wrap up my credits. my affinity for the spanish language has given me a lot of cherished friends and awesome opportunities, and instilled in me a passion to continue traveling and learning worldwide.