I am a relational therapist, yoga teacher, and wellness advocate! For my practice, this means letting people get to know all about me. I invite you to ask questions and be inquisitive. I share with my clients, students, and community, my honest self and recognize that others can only meet me as deep as I have met myself. On the flip side, I ask that those who choose to work, learn, and grow with me do the same. I invite us both to be curious to our history and our process. Together we can collaborate on where to go. So here is an abridged introduction to me; what I really look forward to is learning more about you!
Growing up in the blue ridge mountains strongly influenced my life. Having the opportunity to play outside, hike on the Appalachian Trail, and be surrounded by nature filled my childhood with joy.
It would be amiss for me not to mention that I spent nearly two decades of my life practicing gymnastics on horses, formally known as equestrian vaulting. A pillar of my upbringing, constructed from the physical, emotional, and social time I spent training and competing. I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to compete as an elite athlete for the Chinese National Federation in the 2010 World Equestrian Games as well as be awarded a gold medal from the American Vaulting Association. My parents and older sisters were all involved in the sport and together we bonded during daily practices, cross-country road trips to competitions, and vaulting together on the horse (yes you can safely have three people on a horse at the same time! It is awesome!).
I find joy teaching power vinyasa flows as well as decompressing in a soothing yin yoga class. In 2013, I completed my 200-hour teacher training in Rishikesh, India and am qualified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. In 2017, I had the privilege to be the Lead Instructor for a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training with the Well-Being Center, LLP. It was one of the best group experiences of my life!
In college, I double majored in Kinesiology & Health Science and Psychology. My work in a Cross-Cultural and Social Psychology Research Lab inspired my training in social justice and feminist theory. In the Kinesiology & Health Science Department, my time as an Anatomy Lab Teaching Assistant was pivotal to my personal practice and teaching of alignment in asana.
I received my master in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Behavioral Health. I have a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in an integrative health setting. In addition, my clinical experience at Therapy Center of Philadelphia provided outpatient long-term relational therapy for women and members of the transgender communities. As a psychotherapist, I find strength in being able to see the good in everyone and my personal roots in a warm and validating style.
I respect the fact that I am not the therapist or teacher for everyone. However, if you feel like you resonated with me (and this website!) and would like to reach out to get to know each other, visit the Let’s Connect page and we can set up a time to talk.
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall