My story has been a journey of creative reclamation (from the Old French reclamer, "calling back the hawk") and transformation; uncovering limiting beliefs, breaking down old paradigms, and rebuilding an inner sense of fortitude, self-worth, and self-love from the inside out.
An artist since childhood, my journey into yoga and mindfulness began in 2005 when I was a sophomore attending college on scholarship for art. At the time, I felt unworthy of all the money I had received for my creative gifts, and my fear of losing the financial support kept me blocked in my educational pursuits, manifesting as self-destruction and depression.
It was during this period of darkness that I discovered the light of yoga. I devoted the rest of my college career to taking as many yoga classes as I could, sometimes multiple times a day, cleaning toilets in exchange for my studies. My BFA thesis exhibition, a series of life-sized figure drawings exploring yoga asana titled Bringing to Light, was dedicated to exploring the deep sense of calm that I was experiencing for the first time in my adult life.
Something was waking up inside of me: something I could not find words for, something I could only experience and understand through my creative practice. It felt as though my soul was being called back home to my body.