Hey, I’m Andie- basically the last person you’d expect to be a yoga teacher (honestly, ask my parents, they thought I was going to be a rocket scientist!).
When I found yoga I was in a dark space. Depression had sunk its teeth into me and I didn’t have the tools or knowledge to be able to fight it off. Remember in the new Jurassic World movie when the Mosasaurus pulls the Indominus Rex into the water? It was literally exactly like that (honestly one of my fav cinematic moments, but I digress).
I mean, c’mon, how freaking cool is that dino dude. So badass.
Anyway, yoga: I was being pulled under and yoga was my way out. I went to my first class and I was easily struggling more than anyone else in the room. I couldn’t touch my toes, I didn’t know my left foot from my right foot, and holding plank for a few seconds made my entire body scream.
I kept coming back because yoga gave me the mental and physical challenge that I need to help empower myself to fight back and to choose life. I stayed with yoga and studied its philosophy and history. I became a teacher because I wanted to empower the humans in my life with the same tool box that I had stumbled upon.
I know I’m a good teacher because yoga has never been easy for me: physically or mentally. I know how hard it is to get on the mat and to struggle. I also know all the little baby steps that can help refine and empower a practice. And through my study of anatomy, physiology, and psychology I help my students climb those steps with a little more ease.
The Boring Stuff:
I completed my two year yoga certification at the University of California San Diego in 2015 in tandem with my bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Cognitive Science. Since graduating I’ve continued my education with a 50 hour teacher training in Power and Yin with Moreyoga, 30 hour anatomy training with Yoga International, 22 hour Certificate in Human Physiology from Duke University, and a Certificate in Integumentary and Musculoskeletal Anatomy from the University of Michigan.