E-RYT 200, RYT 500 Yoga Instructor, Power Yoga for Sports™ Trainee
I love sports. It's a lifelong love. I grew up a Laker fan living near Seattle, Washington. I have a tendency to follow the athletes now more than the teams. I love my Seahawks, but I hold a special place in my heart for the Broncos, Packers and Redskins. I guess I'm just a fan period, NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL.... if there is a game on and I'm not doing anything else, you can probably find me there.
My Yoga journey began in 2003 when I was searching for a way to heal myself from corporate burnout and a medical condition. I wanted to gain back my health and gain flexibility by exploring this growing cultural phenomenon. The benefits were numerous and immediate and for the next 8 years I had focused periods where I was committed to my practice and then not so much.
After attending a retreat in 2012 I knew I needed to commit myself to deepen my knowledge and practice. I looked into the teacher training program but my personal life felt too chaotic and overwhelming to take on such a task. The following year the studio owner approached me and encouraged me to think about joining an upcoming session beginning in January 2013. Life was just as out of control as it was the prior year, but I threw caution to the wind and trusted my intuition - this was a journey that I needed to embark on.
After obtaining my 200 hour certification, I thought about how I could maybe combine my passion for sports and yoga and immediately enrolled in Gwen Lawrence's Power Yoga for Sports™ program.
Even after completing over 1,000 hours of training I feel as if I have just dipped my toe in the ocean of Yoga and "functional" movement modalities. Yoga education is something you begin - there is no ending. Students become your daily teachers and inspiration. Your practice evolves and every day brings a new observance and discovery about the human body.
I've been blessed with amazing teachers -both locally and afar. I've been with Yoga Nook and Jeni Winterburn since my foray into the Yoga world and Jeni's extensive knowledge of human anatomy and Hanna somatics have given me a solid foundation to further my own practice and teachings.
I love my continuing training and alliance with Gwen Lawrence and look forward to working more closely with her in the coming years. Gwen has inspired me in many ways and has been instrumental in integrating yoga into athletes' lives. Working with local high school and college athletes over the past few years has been very rewarding and I intend to continue to progress my teaching practice in this direction.
It’s exciting to be able to combine my lifelong passion for sports (basketball and football most notably), knowledge of the repetitive movements associated with the players’ individual positions and be able to design a targeted yoga practice that promotes their physical and mental well-being.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY?
"Wish I could have started earlier. Yoga with Kim helped me change the way I moved by making me aware of the muscles involved in my repetitive motions. My ability to jump higher increased too."
"At first I really didn't feel any difference, but after a few classes my back pain began to get better and learned what was causing it!"