Bio

Born and raised in Virginia, at 22, I packed my car, left my home-state, and traveled West for adventure. I spent most of my 20’s traveling and practicing various forms of yoga in different corners of the world, many of which were intense physical practices. In 2015, I experienced an injury which caused extreme pain and immobility in my upper back and neck. My pain landed me in the therapeutic practice of Restorative yoga.  Once my body was able, I integrated the traditional practice of Ashtanga vinyasa.

In combination, Ashtanga & Restorative compliment each other wholly. Both are meant to nourish and cleanse the nervous system, allowing one to discover the sweet balance of effort and ease.  Through my own journey of discovering this balance, I experienced physical, mental, and emotional healing. These practices reveal dark corners of our bodies where we hold pain, trauma, grief, shame, and guilt. Beautifully, darkness reveals the light. In pain, there is healing. In suffering, there is joy. This is why I practice.  

Studies and Experience

I have been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching since 2013. I received my first 200-hour training in 2013 from Frog Lotus Yoga in Costa Rica. In 2015, I received certification in yoga for individuals with MS and went on to gain my Level 1 Therapeutic Yoga certification at the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco. In 2017, I traveled to Mysore, India where I trained in Ashtanga yoga and received certification in the healing art of Thai Yoga Bodywork.

In addition to yoga, I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Social Work with a minor in Gerontology from James Madison University, VA in 2010. I have developed and led numerous activities including group exercise classes, aromatherapy sessions, reminiscence group therapy, and chair yoga in nursing, retirement, senior, and hospice settings.  

My education and experiences have prepared me to offer various styles of yoga depending on the needs of each individual client. All yoga can be adapted to the individual and all are meant to provide space for uniting body, mind, and spirit.

A few of my favorite things…

Travel. Animals. Fam. Friends. Coffee. Dirt. Rain. Live Music. Rivers. Sandwiches. Craft Beer. Bicycles. Deep Conversation. Climbing. Hot Springs. Incense. Pizza. Wine. Ocean Sounds. Sand Feels. Skiing Trees. Netflix.

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Acknowledgements 

I am grateful for the support and wisdom of my yoga and anatomy instructors.  I am humbled and honored to learn from these individuals including my Ashtanga teachers, Peg Mulqueen and M.V. Chidananda; Therapeutic yoga teacher, Cheri Clamplett; Iyengar teacher, Leslie Howard; Anatomy teachers, David Keil and Arturo Peal. Big gratitude for my family and friends and all their support as I follow this path.

xo-Sam