My favorite way to do yoga is to play yoga! I like to tell bad jokes, make silly faces, be creative, and have fun. In yoga and in life! My yoga practice and teaching reminds me to get out of my head, into my body, and appreciate it. I have found much inner strength, and of course, physical strength from my practice, and I love to share that with others! I appreciate how yoga puts us in uncomfortable positions and forces us to breathe and really be in it to get through it. Daily, my practice helps me test my boundaries, face fear head-on, and forces me to actually feel my shit.
I did my 200 hr at Yoga Blend in Burbank, and later my 85hr pre/postnatal with Ma Yoga. Then I realized I am strangely obsessed with birth and babies for a person who's never had any of her own, so I became a birth and postpartum doula. And now I pretty much live a dream life. My dream life anyway.
HOMETOWN: Bainbridge, OH (outside of CLE)
FAVE SONG/ARTIST: One is too hard, here's five: Broken Social Scene, Yo La Tengo, Kendrick Lamar, Nina Simone, Coltrane
ODD Fact: I make placentas into pills for new mamas to consume. And I do it all in my kitchen. If you aren't too grossed out, ask me about it, I love to talk about it!
My STEEZ: Most important to me is for my classes to feel comfortable and supportive. I will remind you a hundred times that it is your practice and to trust your body. But I also can get a little crazy sometimes, and I make a lot of jokes even if I don't always get laughs. Unless it's restore, then I just rely on my relaxing voice.
Tips for Pregnancy Vinyasas
Learn a few different pregnancy friendly variations for vinyasas and ways you can tailor the practice of sun salutations to feel good in your changing body.
MASSAGE - Full Body Deep Release
Kim shares a short and efficient self massage practice targeting many of the common hot spots throughout the body. You will need a pair of yoga therapy balls (note: you can also substitute with tennis balls and a long sock), a wall, and a pair of blocks.
PRENATAL - Slow Down to Make Space
Pregnancy is full of rapid change, intense emotions, and sometimes stress and anxiety. The aim of this practice is to slow down the body and mind with intentional breath and movement — remember, slow doesn't mean it will be easy! Create space physically to accommodate a growing baby, as well as m...
FAMILY - Flowing With The Fam
Kim and River lead us through a playful and fun flow parents can try with their toddlers! You will need a pair of blocks, pillows, and blankets or scarves.
PERINATAL - Creating Pelvic Stability
Kim leads a flow that focuses on building strength in the pelvis (good for pre-birth or post-pregnancy). You will need a yoga block.
RESTORE - Calming Your Nerves
Kim leads a restorative practice for calming the nerves and countering the effects of anxiety. You will need a blankets, blocks, and bolsters.
MEDITATE - Feeling Your Breath
Kim leads us through a simple meditation practice focusing on the breath.
Strengthening Pelvic Floor
Kim offers tips for creating stability, balance, and connection within the pelvic floor. This is great for ANYONE - not just bodies who have been or will be pregnant.
POSTNATAL - Coming Back to You
Kim leads a postnatal practice focusing on coming back to self. You will need a set of blocks and a bolster.