1. How would you define your personal practice?
I would define my personal practice as a constant engagement and curiosity with how the human body moves. I become fascinated by limitations and how to trick the brain into allowing one to do the things their mind tells them they can’t. I love to teach myself different movements and then pass that knowledge on to any willing participant.
2. What turning points have you encountered on your movement journey?
I have encountered many turning points! From the beginning where I thought I had to move the way others do, to thinking I could never be “that good” because I’ve never had official training, thinking I had to compete to be recognized, and being afraid to be too sensual in my movement and attracting the wrong attention. I used to think that I wouldn’t be taken seriously because I wasn’t strong enough, educated enough, flexible enough, or social enough. I thought I could only focus on one area of movement at a time in order to achieve any real results. Each of these limiting beliefs eventually came to the light and created various turning points in my mindset so as to expand the way I moved, created, and taught. Most of these turning points were realizations that were a long time coming and have shaped the way I live, so they aren’t just for the classroom or individual practices but have helped me to develop as a person.
I am most definitely a teacher! There are very few things I love more than teaching! I get such a great energy of inspiration and pure satisfaction when I teach. I’ve been teaching for 9 years now and didn’t fully embrace it at fist because I didn’t think I had that much to offer. After things got rolling I realized I have very valuable information and I absolutely love giving that information to others. I often times don’t even practice for myself anymore, I practice to learn new things to give to others. Teaching has developed into a pure passion experience for me and I am a bit obsessed with the results over the years!
P.E. when I was growing up was incredibly boring for me. I attended 7 different schools in 2 different states and was never excited about P.E. it was always the most basic of movement and sports, which I never got in to. The movement classes that I have sought out since are more of free flowing and allowing for free play as opposed to a rigid structure, one size fits all type of moving. I enjoy the type of education that allows for freedom in thinking, ideas, and body creativity.
I try not to involve my mind unless it’s the creative process! Generally my mind gets in the way by saying something is too hard, out of my flexibility/strength range, or physically impossible. If I have a gut feeling, I go with it. If it feels right, I do it. If my body says move, I move. The mind is only allowed to come in to play when I have to critically think of how to execute a move that my body does not naturally understand.
Personal aspirations as well as purpose: I just want to get the world moving for their own benefit! I want as many people as possible to feel the enjoyment of being able to move freely in their everyday life. Everyone is capable of living a full life with their desired range of movement and I want to help as many of those people that believe in themselves as possible.
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