11/22 Thanksgiving Day Community Class - 100% of proceeds benefiting Native Americans in Philanthropy. Join Casey for a special Thanksgiving Day class with all proceeds going to Native Americans in Philanthropy who's mission is to promote equitable and effective philanthropy in Native communities. We welcome you and yours to celebrate what is sacred in your life, in your community and your surroundings.
*Please signup online before class starts.
Set the tone of your day with an intention-filled practice to energize your mind and body. This 55-minute class will include a warm-up, an invigorating flow, strengthening poses, a cool down and Savasana so you leave your mat empowered, confident and ready for your day.
I tried yoga for the first time when I was 19 years old - a college student and long distance runner, looking for a counter-activity to help my body recover and heal. As a beginner, I found the practice difficult, uncomfortable, even painful. Yet, I appreciated the ways it challenged me physically, mentally, and emotionally. Through my practice, I’ve discovered new ways of knowing and growing, honoring and trusting, loving and living.
I view yoga as a constant unfolding of who we are, a practice that invites us to peel away at and shed layers of insecurity, doubt, shame, and fear we’ve accumulated during our lives. I believe yoga is a healing art, one that requires us to show up for ourselves and be real with ourselves. From a place of knowing and loving ourselves, we can know and love others and the spaces we inhabit. This is what stand for and hold space for as a teacher.
As an instructor, I aim to get you into your body and aware of your breath, with a mind that is untethered to past and future moments, and open and curious about who you are and what you are capable of right now. I encourage everyone to practice from a place of self-honoring and love!
When I’m not practicing or teaching yoga, you might find me out in the woods picking nettles and wild mushrooms, up high on a ridge line scouting for berries and admiring wildflowers, or down by the sea catching a ray of sunlight through some discarded piece of glass, accompanied by my husband, our toddler, and our two dogs.
My yoga path began in 2000 in a college-town in North Texas. Initially I was drawn to the physical challenge. The strange shapes and newfound strength in my body was exhilarating. Over time, the appeal of my yoga practice shifted. I'm drawn to the silence and stillness when feeling overwhelmed. I feel creative and energized after a challenging flow. I am connected and find community when traveling or moving some place new. There are so many styles of yoga. So many shapes and ways to practice. As a student, I love learning how to study and care for my self (body and mind) which allows me to care for those around me and beyond.
In 2012, I completed a 200-hr Anusara TT with Silvia Mordini's Alchemy of Yoga and a 200-hr Power Yoga TT with CorePower Yoga. The former embraced creativity, flow, and the healing and transformative powers of yoga while the latter offered structure, form and technique. In my classes I blend these styles. I teach heart-centric, intentional flows using clear cues and offering many ways to personalize. I also completed Next Generation Yoga's kids training so a little silliness and play can be expected as well.
In spring 2018, I co-created Yoga Wild with my dear friend Kelsey Alshememry. Our mission is to break down the barriers that prevent people from practicing yoga: schedule, location, childcare, finances, feeling comfortable in a space, etc. We also want to encourage Tacomans, old and new, to explore their city and discover the nature treasures, local businesses, and people that make Grit City unique and diverse. We do everything we can to get out in or connect to nature by class location, volunteer work parties, or donations. Yoga Wild is about self-care so that you can care for your community so that you can care for your environment.