I dabbled in yoga across several studios while attending college, but it wasn't until 2009 when I finished my first class at Amazing Yoga that I realized what the practice could be. I had just graduated, and having struggled with anxiety-related issues my whole life, I wasn't sure what to do or where to go. I was stressed and nervous all of the time. The physical practice at Amazing Yoga helped me through a rough patch -- it helped to relieve my nervous energy and taught me how to manage stress and be more peaceful, relaxed, and calm. The positive attitudes of the teachers and the community helped to get me back on track.

I joined the Shadyside work exchange crew immediately and found a wonderful group of kind and generous people. In fact, they were so great that I stuck with it for 5 years! In 2015, I was given the opportunity to help out even more by stepping up as the manager for the Shadyside studio. I'm incredibly honored for the opportunity to give back to the studio and the community. I love working with the amazing yogis who frequent the studio.

When I'm not at the studio I'm working to educate the public on environmental issues and to reduce air pollution in our region. I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors, whether in a park, in the woods, on my bike, or out camping with friends.