How did all of this begin? Honestly, with a late night kitchen conversation with my husband. You see, I started teaching in Wausau about a month before my teacher training program was complete. And for over five months, I taught free classes twice weekly at the Unitarian Universalist Church. It was an amazing experience of community coming together, trying something new, and falling in love with what we were co-creating. At the same time, I had to consider the energy exchange for my time and services, and so I began teaching at a few other places in town for pay but couldn't find the right fit. I wanted to teach in a place that embraced yoga, that understood what it meant to be a yoga professional, that allowed new teachers to get their feet wet, and attracted students from all walks of life. I wanted to create the "neighborhood studio" where everyone felt welcome. And so on that night in our kitchen my husband simply said, "You know, you should open a yoga studio".
My journey with yoga has been a wild ride. I stumbled upon yoga a bit by chance, and fell deeply in love. It may sound a little cliche, but practicing yoga has changed my life. I live in a constant state of inquiry and am constantly trying to be more "real" each and every day. My practice is a daily commitment to living more mindfully and taking a stand for connection, growth, and contribution. Following this path isn't always an easy one. So each day I begin where I am, as I am now, knowing that just like everyone else I'm doing the best I can.
I have completed over 500 hours of training with Deborah Williamson
and have taught over 3,000 hours of asana practice. I continue to deepen my knowledge yoga and psychology through my commitment to ongoing training. I hold advanced degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies (B.S.) and Integral Psychology (M.A), and have studied personal development and social psychology for over twenty years. Though I teach yoga, my passion lies in human connection and inspiring people to live fully each day.
In my “former life” I was a YMCA Teen Program Director, Before and Afterschool Program Leader, YMCA Camp Counselor, and Preschool Teacher. I had the privilege of being a full-time momma to my two kiddos until I opened the studio in May of 2011, and created a business that allows me to still be present for all of the important moments of their lives. With the help of some amazing yoga teachers (past and present), I've seen the studio grow from a few students to a flourishing yoga community. I am grateful and humbled.
And so part of our mission at the studio is to continuously give back to our larger community. Over the years our students have generously contributed to our Community Supporting Community
efforts to benefit local and national organizations including: The Neighbors Place, The Women's Community, the Salvation Army, Treyden's Cabin, the Humane Society of Marathon County, the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area, Girls on the Run, Bike and Build, and the Veteran's Yoga Project. At Community Soul Yoga we believe that people coming together as a community can make things happen.
More than anything, I want your experience at Community Soul Yoga to be amazing and memorable. I want you to feel supported and inspired by our teachers, and I want the studio to feel like "home" to you. We all long for a sense of belonging and connectedness. We are committed to creating a space for you to congregate with people who share your values and work together for a common cause by giving back. It is our hope that the feeling of community that pulses through our studio expands into your life as well.
Community Soul Yoga wouldn't be what it is today without the love and support of so many folks. I owe my husband and my children bucket loads of thanks for believing in me, hanging in there with me when I started working evenings and weekends, and pitching in whenever I needed help. My husband, Eric, is the silent partner and co-owner of this biz. I couldn't do what I do without him. My friends, my teachers, my students, and my parents have also all contributed greatly to the amazing things happening at Community Soul Yoga.
So whether you’re an experienced yogi or a not so typical yoga student, Community Soul Yoga is a place where you are welcome. Come on over and join us for a class. I think you'll see why so many folks are talking about Community Soul Yoga and inviting their friends to come. Roll out your mat and practice with us. All I ask is that you be real, take chances, allow yourself to feel uncomfortable, and bring your best to your mat. Not for me, but for you.