I believe the most beautiful and powerful gift we can give to this world is to live our Truth(s). It is from this place that we shine our brightest and it is through these expressions of our Truth(s) that we may share our authentic light with others.
In 2014 I was given the opportunity to live in the most magical city on Earth. I made the move from Austin, Texas to explore and experience a new beginning as a singer-songwriter and yoga teacher in New York City.
MUSIC I grew up in Austin, Texas, where the live music, friendly hippies and funky-weird vibes are aplenty. Our home had a never-ending stream of music flowing from stereos, boomboxes and record players in every room. As a tyke, my eyes could be found glued to the TV as I watched, in total awe & fascination, classic musicals such as, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Bye, Bye, Birdie, South Pacific and My Fair Lady, to name a few. The first song I sang with fully formed words was the well-known tune from South Pacific, "I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair..." And I took great joy in reenacting "Hard Knock Life" from Annie in our kitchen.
As a child I didn't fully appreciate or realize what a magical & musical upbringing this was. Today, I am filled with gratitude to my parents and grandparents for encouraging and providing a beautiful exploration into an extensive list of musical genres ranging from jazz, showtunes and classical to rock 'n roll, funk, bluegrass and folk.
Some of my most treasured experiences from childhood were in choir. Whether it was school choir, church choir or Austin Children's Choir... I couldn't get enough. These were the groups in which I felt I belonged. Upon entering my college years at University of North Texas, I auditioned to be in one of the esteemed choirs there. To my thrill, I was accepted into the Concert Choir, where I would be surrounded by some of the most talented singers and musical theorists I'd ever met.
I began to truly explore songwriting at the age of 19 when a friend and Austin-based singer-songwriter, Katie Gosnell, gave me her Baby Taylor guitar to play around with for a few weeks. My deep love for writing and singing were fused together and it was a language that resonated deeply in my soul. Since then I've had wonderful opportunities to perform in Austin and the Dallas/Ft. Worth areas as well as in my current home of New York City, where I have the privilege of writing and playing with fellow Singer-Songwriter, Johnny Cuomo, and Cellist, Leah Rankin, in our band, Hugh & Me. Additionally, I've been blessed to record with talented LA-based producer, Cody Tarpley, and with renowned musicians and engineers at StudioWest in San Diego.
MOVEMENT Yoga has been a part of my life since womb-hood. My Mom has been practicing yoga for over 40 years, including when I was in her belly. To this day Mom and I cherish the times when our mats lay side-by-side in a class or during a home yoga session. As a child, my Mom would bring me into the yoga classes at her health club where I enjoyed being the only child in a room of adult yogis, exploring movements in my own wee body. My regular physical practice truly began to take shape in high school when I found a teacher who showed me how to listen to and follow my body's naturally fluid rhythms. I dove into the many facets of yoga, including spiritual growth & transformation as well as the organic opening that occurs simultaneously in both the body and the mind. From this space I came to understand and appreciate the inherent interconnectedness of it all. I've had the privilege of studying under many excellent teachers both in Austin and in New York. In 2016, after years of asking and searching for the right teacher training program to come along, I found myself in an information session for the 200-hour teacher training program at Dou Yoga in Brooklyn. By the end of the info. session I knew I had found my NYC yoga "hOMe"! This training was led by teachers (and all around amazing human beings): Yuuki Hirano, Ariel Kiley and David Silverberg. During these 6 months of intensive study, we dissected and discussed the history and philosophies of yoga while examining how poses look in the human body and delving into the rabbit hole of anatomy. Beyond this, our group of wild-women-yogis developed quite the special bond. By the end of our training together we had formed a life-long sisterhood (sans traveling pants). Starting this journey as a yoga teacher has already revealed itself to be many things: freeing, fascinating, challenging, expansive, humbling, fun and a constant reminder of my lifelong role as an ever-evolving student of this practice.
COMMUNITY In a city as populated and as busy as NYC, it can be daunting work to nurture relationships and broaden social circles (especially considering the reality that it typically takes city dwellers at least 45 minutes to get anywhere, not to mention the anxiety that ensues when traveling outside one's home borough)! I find tremendous joy in bringing together diverse groups of friends and acquaintances and watching the serendipitous happenings that unfold when given the chance to ask questions, listen, laugh, make music, eat and dance with one another. The beautifully unique, and oftentimes eccentric, inhabitants of this wild city are the driven and talented individuals who keep me on my toes and in a continuous state of wonder. I strive to create opportunities and experiences where people can gather and meet...
Offering Sunday Sunrise community yoga classes to the residents of Hell's Kitchen (located in Midtown Manhattan).
Congregating theatre and music appreciators.
Hosting events where musicians, yogis, dancers, actors, designers, soon-to-be doctors, architects, teachers, psychologists and corporate financiers mingle freely.
As humans, we crave connection and we yearn to feel that we belong. In both New York City and beyond, I will continue to foster positive relationships and strive to remain open while embodying a space that allows others to feel welcome.