Service to others is Samantha’s passion. Her teachings help her students uncover what they already know, while providing a safe space for self-inquiry, action, expression and healing to emerge. In yoga (hatha-based or thai), mentoring and groups, Samantha’s primary goal is your safety and well-being as you navigate what is on your path at the moment. Together, there is an exploration and honing of practices that can be woven throughout the workings of daily life to optimize whole-person wellness.
Samantha first came to the physical practice of yoga shortly after the birth of her oldest son in 2002. Finding herself mentally and physically in new territory, she turned to video teachings seeking both the feeling of being anchored, and finding movement in a post-partum body. Over the course of the next decade, the yoga mat would become a sacred space for her to navigate life’s roller coaster of grief, the frequent moves of a military lifestyle, living abroad, and finding healing from physical injury and mental stress.
Her teaching, is based in hatha, interweaving Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurvedic dinacharya (daily rhythms), Skillful hands-on assists, and Sound healing for a full spectrum experience. Samantha also enjoys the outdoors, music, art, and time in the kitchen. Outside the studio, she is the proud and devoted wife to a Navy officer, and biggest fan of her two sons. All of these inform a dedication to the practice of yoga as a way of life, for herself and her clients. Previous teaching includes elementary age classroom yoga in Yokosuka, Japan, public children and adult classes, and special focus workshops in Japan and the Pacific Northwest.
Samantha is a 200E-RYT Yoga Alliance certified instructor, Continuing Education Provider, and Thai Yoga practitioner. She has completed 220 hour Kunga Yoga Teacher Training at the Wilmington Yoga Center, Thai Healing Massage, Y12SR, ChildLight Kid’s Yoga, and OMSchooled Classroom Yoga. Additional advanced studies include Sound Healing, Deep Assists and Thai Yoga, Yoga for Healing Trauma, YogaMaze Vinyasa, Fire and Nectar Flow, and Ayurvedic Practices and Dinacharya. Samantha’s primary teachers include NarayaniShakti (Noelle Whittington), Marc Holzman, Shama Kern, Dennis Purcell, Sally Delisle, Nikki Myers, Sarah Herrington, Carla Lundgren, Amy Ippoliti, Noah Maze, and Dante Alexander.
Samantha teaches member classes at Anytime Fitness, Mt. Vernon, VA and works privately with 1:1 or small group yoga / thai yoga massage clients and co-leads yoga + writing retreats at Mindfulness + the Muse. Children’s classes are designed around Gardner’s theory of the Multiple Intelligence’s. Group sessions are also available for the workplace, Boy/Girl Scouts, Track and Sports Teams, Fit 4 Life Programs, and more. 1:1 and small group mentoring will return in the Fall of 2017.
Your practice should meet your energy and needs where they are at every time you grace your mat. Samantha’s goal is to provide skilled guidance and support through the practice, holding safe space for healing and progression to naturally occur. It is an honor and privilege to practice with you!
-The Light, Joy and Wisdom in me sees and values the same in you, Namaste
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