Hey there, I’m Val, an alternative yogi at heart. Tradition is essential however innovation and valuing our modern world is also something that drives my teaching and personal practice.
When it comes to my students, I give my all by holding a warm and inviting presence throughout each class or session. Each class is planned out according to a theme or goal. That space is held unless there is something more pressing. Meaning if a student comes to me asking for something special in a private setting, I will accommodate that request. If a class feels a certain way, I may abandon the plan altogether and find something that fits the mood.
My personal practice means showing up for myself and not for others. I have never felt like I fit into the typical crowd of yogis. All the yogis who look and sound alike. It’s too much like the popular clique in high school, if you ask me. Totally fitting in has never been my bag. Sharing my vibe and leading others toward theirs is what makes me jump out of bed!
Yoga is meant for EVERY BODY, and with personalized yoga sessions I cater to each student’s needs. Specializing in yoga for cross training (athletic conditioning), vinyasa that’s safe for postpartum bodies and yin yoga for everyone. To help you grow your yoga practice and reach your goals, you can take live classes (in-person or online) or use one of my pre-recorded videos.
An alternative yoga vibe can be found through my videos, programs and personal interactions. Giving EVERYONE the opportunity to practice and grow while keeping it down to earth, maybe at times, a little unconventional, that’s my jam.
More about me:
Born and raised in Colorado, I started running and swimming as a young gal (pre-teens) and haven’t looked back. Growing up looking different, being a redhead with freckles, I struggled to “fit in”. Looking a little different helped me understand what I wanted and what I truly enjoyed rather than following the crowd. When I was a teen, I meditated but most of my friends made fun of me. In high school, running and swimming turned into my moving meditation. Running was also a way for me to “fit in” with some of my peers but it was mostly something I was good at and LOVED!
Yoga started as a supplement to my running and swimming. At first it was about getting a good stretch in and increasing my flexibility. As I continued learning and growing in my yoga practice I started to feel a deeper connection with my body and breath. I realized that yoga was another form of moving meditation.
Yoga has seen me through college, graduate school, through my pregnancy and many transitions in life. It has always been a way for me to find comfort and feel like I’m home, no matter where I am. As a teacher living abroad and teaching in one of the worst states for education, I clung to my loves of running, working out and yoga to stay grounded and in a good headspace.
As the years chugged on, I got more and more burnt out with my day job of classroom teaching. Finding something different was a dream that quickly turned into a necessity. Attending yoga teacher training was something I visited on and off for years.
With a little push from my husband, I finally went all in with yoga!
After completing a 200 hour RYT (yoga teacher training), I continued to deepen my knowledge by starting a 300 hour RYT and attending workshops. I was all in until after I had my son. Prior to delivery, having a daily self practice was easy and kept me strong.
After I was cleared for exercise, I started to ramp up my running and yoga with no fear of pelvic pain or abdominal separation. Man was I WRONG! After about six weeks, I started hitting yoga again trying to regain my core strength. Running some races including a half marathon were goals too.
I realized something wasn’t quite right and saw a pelvic floor physical therapist, researching and things started to heal. Being the competitive and very disciplined person that I am, I jumping right back in. So after having to go through therapy twice and having some major physical set backs (pelvic pain, sore back and shoulders just to mention a few), I started again and have been super in tune with my body and how my needs change day to day.
Running and practicing yoga into my older (even elderly) years is a my personal goal! I hope to help my students do the same. It all starts with listening to and honoring the body.