I attended Grants Pass High School in Grants Pass Oregon and graduated from a little commercial art school in Oregon. My real education came from the many jobs I've held in creative fields across the country. Window displayer, automotive painter, picture framer, interior designer, muralist, graphic designer, art teacher, and general art store know-it-all just to name a few. While tackling these jobs, I've lived in Oregon, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Florida, and now Kentucky. I mention these positions and places I've lived because these influences have shaped and formed me into the artist I have become, while giving me more of a world view. For example, the graphic design is clearly present in my clean and uncluttered style, while commercial art school planted the seed for my passion of lettering, and painting cars and murals gave me the courage to paint larger than life. Hawaii introduced me to indigenous languages, Oregon brought out the naturalist in me, Wisconsin and Florida proved I really do prefer warmer weather, and Kentucky brought me full circle to find my life's passion in the Cherokee language, history, and culture.
I fell in love with Yoga in my first class. It calmed my anxieties, helped me sleep better, and made my aching joints feel better. I got serious about it after my first two instructors quit teaching in my small town, and I was faced with no yoga classes being available. I took over the class in 2014, and have been teaching ever since. In the beginning of 2017, I began teaching at a women's prison nearby. This is where I really began to see how yoga can can heal not only the body, but the mind and spirit. In 2018, I began teaching Qigong, practicing Reiki, EFT Tapping, and got serious about my meditation.
I am a work in progress. I'd be honored if you become a part of my journey.
Most of the photos below were taken by Monica Valenzuela. Please check out her Facebook page and send her some love! https://www.facebook.com/monivphotography/
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