Biography: I walked into my first yoga class looking for exercise and escape, and at first that’s exactly what it was for me. Coming from an athletic background I was immediately drawn to hot yoga for the physical challenge. A few weeks into my practice, my eating habits started to change, then my mindset started to change, and in just a few months I felt a sense of calm and purpose in my daily life that I had never experienced. I had unknowingly released powerful suppressed emotions in my chest and gut and developed a sense of self-confidence and self-awareness. I was no longer fatigued and weak. I had built physical and mental strength and flexibility. Yoga had truly become my therapy. Once I learned how to properly use my breath to move my body I started applying this to my fitness practice as well. This was a game-changer for me. I started adding in different classes to my yoga practice including HIIT, Pilates, Barre, and weight training. I developed a more regimen gym routine. Returning to fitness with a knowledge of mind-muscle connection was so powerful that I wanted to share my experience with others. Over the past several years I have gone to numerous trainings and taught at over sixteen studios across the country. Once COVID-19 hit and the studios closed, I started virtual teaching and dedicated my extra time at home to studying trauma and healing trauma through movement and breath. I currently teach over ten different class types and encourage my students to create variety in their practice.