I am a graduate student attending the School of Journalism at UT Austin. I originally hail from Reno, Nevada (that city in the northern part of the state–yes, there is life there). I also lived very briefly in London, England during my time as an undergraduate.
As someone with depression and anxiety, I am constantly seeking ways to help my mind and body achieve a greater state of health and peace with as minimal medication as I can get away with. This desire is what attracted me to yoga. Though I have had times when I nearly quit practicing altogether, I always bring myself back to it because I have been fortunate enough to discover that it is possible, if difficult and challenging, to change the way you think and feel through both the physical yoga practice (asanas) and the philosophies that I am slowly learning.
In addition to writing about yoga, this blog is meant to be a space in which to explore life, emotion, philosophy, or even just to share stories or random thoughts. I am a rather strange mix of serious/emotional/introspective and goofy/sarcastic/fun (as well as a whole lot of other random things), so you might find that some posts, or parts of posts, contain a different tone than others.
I’ve loved writing since I learned how to form letters, though I’ve turned away from my writing practice just as I’ve turned away from my yoga practice, fearing that I wasn’t “good enough.” This blog serves as an encouragement for me–and I hope for others–to let go of perfectionism and all of the other “armor” that prevents us from daring to speak our truths and live as fully as we can.
If I can be of any help to anyone, whether you also deal with depression and anxiety, are curious how to begin practicing, or would just like to chat about yoga or dinosaurs or football or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
As they say in Texas: Namaste y’all.