Yoga is a practice of self discovery and improvement. When we do yoga, we challenge ourselves both physically and mentally.
Yoga improves physical and mental stamina from postures that we flow through while we breathe, or hold for extended periods of time. When we focus on what our body is doing and how we are breathing, we shut out all other thoughts and anxieties. Yoga allows a moving meditation to look inward and love and improve yourself; mind, body, and spirit.
Pilates is low-impact exercise designed to tone muscle, increase joint range of motion and overall mobility, improve posture and flexibility, and decrease and prevent pain.
Exercises in Pilates are not simple. When practicing Pilates, each exercise has a certain way to breathe, certain things you should be doing with your core, as well as many other elements. For this reason, Pilates (and specifically Reformer Pilates) is often taught in a private or small group setting. Learning Pilates is a process, but once you have Pilates in your life, you will never be the same.
Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor
Yoga Teacher RYT-200
Certified Personal Trainer
I took my first yoga class at the age of 19, and I have been hooked ever since! I look and feel my best when I am regularly practicing yoga and Pilates, and that is enough incentive for me to keep it up for a lifetime. I began teaching yoga in 2013 while in college and working in a physical therapy clinic. A physical therapist introduced me to Pilates and I discovered a whole new way for people to become healthier, happier, and live pain free. When I saw how much it helped people, I wanted in! I became a certified STOTT Pilates instructor in 2014, and began teaching physical therapy rehab patients, post-rehab clients, community members, and athletes.
I graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2014 with my Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Health Science, with a minor in Psychology. In order to be truly healthy, we need a balanced life- mind, body, and spirit!
I'm a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. That means I have completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training through the most widely recognized authority on training yoga teachers in the country, Yoga Alliance. I'm a certified STOTT Pilates instructor with over 150 hours of training with STOTT instructor trainers. There are multiple education methods for Pilates instructors, but STOTT is the best because they are constantly adapting their teaching to the latest research in health and fitness, so that instructors like me can bring the best and safest benefit to our clients!
I became a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in 2023. As a CPT, I enjoy adding weight training and teaching proper movement mechanics to my clients so they can feel confident when working out solo as well as in the studio.
As a health coach, I focus on teaching clients basic nutrition principles and simple lifestyle changes to get started living healthier. Sleep hygiene, movement, posture, and stress management can make a huge difference when trying to live a healthier life!
I am a big believer in the importance of free time and enjoying hobbies. In my free time, I love watching my daughter discover the world, jog with my dog, and spend time in the garden. My husband, Chris, and I enjoy roasting our own coffee (although I admit I am more the tester than the roaster!) and spending time outside as a family. We go camping and travel as often as we can.
I am honored to be back in my hometown sharing something I love with the community I grew up in. I'm passionate about making McCook the greatest place in the world to live- and to me that has to include yoga and Pilates!