Thrive Yoga Therapy is a healing art practice built around the principle that virtually anything is possible if we align physically, spiritually, and energetically – if we allow ourselves to thrive.

I was first introduced to yoga twenty years ago in seventh-grade gym class. I can still access with clarity my memory of standing in Vrksasana – Tree Pose – and feeling a sensation of centeredness, power, and beauty wash over me. Over the years, movement and the practice of yoga have helped to guide me through many of life’s challenges – rehabilitation from sports injuries as a competitive athlete, as well as recovery from disillusionment, loss, and grief – and back toward a feeling of wholeness. Yoga therapy has allowed me to access physical and emotional balance, profound joy, perspective, confidence, and the potential for long-lasting health.

Following graduation from college and six years of work in nonprofit management, I began a process of self and career evaluation, guided by a refined self-awareness cultivated through my yoga practice. This shift enabled me to discover that my work in the world needed to be centered in holistic health and wellness, movement, and healing – that this was my true vocational love.

While working as a rehabilitation technician at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, I learned about the blossoming field of yoga therapy and the ever-growing recognition in the West of yoga as medicine. After twenty years of informal practice, I immersed myself in formal study, graduating from the Black Mountain Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapy Training program in July 2011.

I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Therapist through Yoga Alliance, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and trained in the YogaTouch Method. My personal study of the yoga tradition continues on a daily basis, independently and with several teachers for whom I offer up my gratitude.