What style of Yoga do you teach?
I teach a Hatha style yoga with vinyasa infusions. Hatha-Vinyasa yoga is a general style that is appropriate for most practitioners. It includes an emphasis on continuous movement and embracing the flow of the practice. It incorporates the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, and prepare the body for deeper practices such as meditation. I am a RYT 200hr, certified through Yoga Alliance, which means that I have 200 hours of yoga teacher training under my belt and I have an additional 500+ hours of professional teaching experience.
How did you get into blogging?
I started blogging because I felt that I had a wealth of knowledge about yoga + mindfulness, and nature that I felt like I needed to share with people. As an empath, I have a strong desire to help people, and I've developed strategies that have helped me become successful without losing my sense of self, my purpose, or compromising my wellness. Focusing on slowing down and finding the beauty in life is just one way I find happiness in a world that preaches busy-ness. I recently starting making a conscious effort to adjust my lifestyle to be more sustainable and I want to share those tips with you. I travel frequently and sharing travel guides is another way I can help. Blogging is a way to connect with a large network and share what I have to offer while working at my own pace.
Where can I find local meet-ups and workshops in my area?
Meet-ups are currently only offered in the state of Utah. As the Illume community grows, I'd like to expand to other locations. If you have a meet-up location request, just shoot me a message - I might be able to arrange something during my travels! You can see upcoming Meet Ups here. To bridge the gap of distance, I occasionally offer e-workshops that you can join remotely. You can see those offerings by checking out the Workshop schedule here.
Where did you learn the material you teach?
A lot of the mindfulness and personal growth practices I developed out of necessity in my own life. I am a student of life and I'm constantly pushing myself to learn more! The information I share is always something I'm deeply passionate about and it's usually the end product after a lot of trial and error in my own life - plus loads of research. I've also learned through studying other's practices & habits and noting the side effects and impact. My Yoga Teacher Training Certification course and hands-on teaching is another way I've come to learn so much about mindfulness practices. I’ve learned a lot about gardening through my Master Gardener Program in addition to gardening in my spare time and volunteer gardening in my community. Additionally, I read a lot and surround myself with people that care about these same topics. I’m always doing extensive research to learn and re-learn concepts and practices.
Where did you get your Master Gardener Certification?
I became a certified Master Gardener in 2017 through Utah State University's Extension Program in Salt Lake City. Although we learned about botany, entomology, gardening and other topics for a variety of climates and bio regions, it is very specialized to Utah and mountain states. I maintain my certification by volunteering at least 15 hours of community gardening service per growing season.
In addition, I am currently enrolled in a Botany and Wild Crafting course through The Herbal Academy so I can further my studies in herbaceous plants, sustainable wild foraging, and crafting with herbs.