I'm a social work professional utilizing a holistic approach to wellness. I've been vegan for over 10 years, have been practicing yoga since 2007 and teaching since 2012. I found yoga at exactly the right time, when I was undergoing major shifts in my life. It was a time defined by acute stress, emotion and grief. My yoga practice sustained me through this challenging time and I am grateful I found my practice with its benefits to my mental, emotional and physical health.
In 2019, I became certified as a Grief Yoga Instructor in order to learn, practice and offer this important modality in the community, recognizing the importance of feeling and expressing emotions related to losses we experience as part of the work that is grief, and the importance of being witnessed and held safely while in this vulnerable state.
I am drawn to energy work and specifically, Reiki, a Japanese healing art, as both an alternative and integrative healing protocol; meaning it works well alone and also alongside conventional therapies. I have been attuned to Reiki I and II since 2011/2012.
I have been in love with the rich ethereal vibrations of the gong since I first heard the gong played in a NYC yoga class. Since then, I trained with three Master teachers and have been playing the gong in the community since 2013 and have been certified in Gong Therapy, a one-on-one personalized therapeutic practice since 2018.
I have been studying and practicing herbalism for over 10 years, in the Ayurvedic tradition, Southern folk medicine tradition and Western herbalist traditions. I am certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, Family Herbalist (Southern Folk tradition) and Herbal Apprentice (Ayurvedic and Western traditions). I love offering herbal consultations to assist those experiencing health or wellness distress.
I live in Tuscaloosa, AL with my wonderful husband and our spoiled rotten fur-baby. I have a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama School of Social Work and my MBA from Rutgers University.