Like many people, I sought out yoga during a very stressful and uncertain period of my life. I was blessed to take my first classes and gain my first knowledge of yoga from another Hilltop teacher outside of the studio, and she helped me understand immediately that the practice was about much, much more than just physical exercise. I was amazed at how much the physical practice affected me emotionally and vice versa, and I was hooked. About a year later, I finally signed up for Hilltop’s 30 for 30, and it couldn’t have been at a more perfect time. My personal life felt messy, and I felt little certainty about anything – my past, my present, or my future. One day after leaving practice at the studio, I saw a sign for the winter teacher training, and something drew me toward the possibility. Despite the many lingering doubts (“I’m not strong enough,” “This isn’t your path,” “It’s going to be hard,” etc.) I eventually signed up and began training in January. It is no exaggeration to say that this decision was one of the best ones I ever made! As we studied the Yoga Sutras, the chakras, and the eight limbs of this practice, things suddenly started making sense. It was as if I had somehow knew these ideas inside the whole time, but needed someone to present them to me and to help me understand, and for that I am eternally grateful to Hilaire and the rest of our sangha. I also found that I suddenly could not shut up about yoga and wanted to share it with everyone – and that I loved to teach. I hope to inspire confidence, courage, inner wisdom and healing to those who come to class, and to share the messages of this beautiful practice as much as possible.