July 2017 - present
Community Building, Safe Spaces
I’ve been practicing yoga for over five years, at first casually, before moving towards a serious, throughout the week practice. In that practice, I, more often than not, chose to practice in the safety of my apartment, sometime after work, feeling an aversion towards attending a traditional studio class.
In January 2017, I chose to work towards my 200hr yoga teacher certification through a local non-profit organization, Create Karma, that advertised a training that would do more than certify me to teach yoga, but hold space for personal and leadership development. I completed the program in October of 2017, and chose to continue teaching financially accessible and welcoming classes in downtown Lancaster at a local record shop & juice bar.
In January of 2018, I chose to take the next level of my training on, and register for the 300hr program, this time with a focus on mentorship and deep listening skills. I completed this program in December of 2018, which included a community project that dove into the program’s future in the local community through user research and design thinking workshops.
As the program ended, I teamed up with a three fellow yoga teachers to form a collective that promised to teach by-donation classes in a local arts co-op space that created a nonjudgemental environment to practice in.