Movement has been a part of my life since the age of 5. At 13, I got my first job teaching dance at DaCapo School of Performing Arts in Beaufort, South Carolina and became active in community theatre. At 17, I was accepted into the modern dance program at Florida School of the Arts for my senior of high school. Prior to graduating from the University of Central Florida with a BA in theatre, I also earned my 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. I then moved to Tokyo where I performed as a Living Statue for Disney. When I returned to the states, I started a career as a successful (and stressful) land sales consultant for several years.
In 2008, I married my now husband, Luke, a yogi and Nia White and Green Belt, and we moved to Bahrain with the Navy. I was taking yoga and belly dancing at a local studio when I was drawn to a poster about Nia. After my first class, I was deeply moved. I had never taken a class that allowed me to move mindfully, be seduced by the music, and experience fitness that was expressive. After missing movement for many years andexperiencing severe neck pain from a car accident, I was ecstatic to have found Nia – I felt better, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I felt stronger, more flexible, more creative and happier! With my background in dance, theatre, and taekwondo, Nia seemed like the perfect culmination of all of my life endeavors! I knew I wanted more. In 2010, shortly after the birth of our son, I experienced some post-partum blues. With my husband’s encouragement, I signed up for the life-changing Nia White Belt Intensive. I had no intention of teaching, but upon graduation, felt a mandate to share this amazing practice with others. I started teaching in Fort Mill, SC and Charlotte, NC and built a thriving community for 4 years. I continued my Nia education and am now certified in all five belt levels of the Nia education system: White, Green, Blue, Brown and Black. I am also certified in Nia’s 5 Stages and Move I.T. program, an interval-training program focused on Nia’s 52 Moves.
After moving to Brandon in 2014, I continued to teach Nia at a local studio and started building a community. I currently teach Nia for people living with Parkinson's Disease at the Jewish Community Center in partnership with the USF Health’s Byrd Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center via the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson's Wellness Initiative. And now, I am excited to be offering classes at Asana Yoga of Brandon, Florida!
Nia invites everybody to love and accept themselves fully and to develop their full potential. In my classes, emphasis is given to creative expression, play, and fun, while engaging in a great workout for the whole body. My goal is to provide a fun, healing and supportive environment for all to enjoy and become empowered in their own bodies. I consider it a blessing to have found Nia and a privilege to teach and share this wonderful technique!