◬ SERVICES OFFERED
200hr meditation techniques with sukha yoga w/a focus on kundalini yoga ◬ 200hr registered yoga teacher ◬ anusara immersion ◬ meditation ◬ breathwork ◬ recovery advocate
In early 2018 at about 8 months sober from alcohol, Sam discovered a love of Kundalini yoga through an online addiction recovery program called Hip Sobriety, now known as Tempest. In order to heal in her own recovery from anxiety, alcohol dependency, co-dependency, and body dysmorphia, she began to practice breathing techniques, meditation, contemplation, and mantra because she felt like something was missing through other recovery modalities that she had tried. She desired an integrative approach to recovery and began to see that these practices were part of what she was missing. It helped her begin to move past the thoughts and drop into the emotions and develop a greater mindfulness.
Sam completed her 200 hours of study in meditation practices and techniques with Sukha Yoga in Austin, TX, with a focus on Kundalini and Buddhist Meditation practices. She has a desire to share her experience, strength, and hope in recovery and what she is learning through meditation training with others. She has a passion for building sober community and holding space among sober and sober curious women.
Sam began teaching yoga in 2011 after receiving her 200 hour registered yoga teacher certificate at Etowah Valley Yoga in Cartersville, GA. She completed Anusara Immersion in 2012 and apprenticed at Tough Love Yoga in Atlanta in 2011, where she taught yoga for several years afterwards. In 2015, she decided to step away from teaching yoga as she found herself reluctant to her personal asana practice. Since being in recovery, Sam has a new, healthier relationship with her asana practice and is excited to continue to explore that. She has been able to see what she learned in yoga as a practical, applicable everyday practice, with much more than postures. This helped her to come back to a once adored asana practice, but with a different approach than before involving more compassion and intuition of not only what her body wanted, but also what her soul was speaking.
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◬ GET TO KNOW SAM ...
MODALITIES: hatha yoga ◬ kundalini ◬ vinyasa yoga ◬ meditation ◬ recovery advocate
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN + A CHARACTERISTIC OF MY SIGN THAT I HAVE: Capricorn | Sensitive and realistic
HOMETOWN: Born in Jackson, MI and grew up in South Fulton, TN
I’M INSPIRED BY: Gosh, I can find inspiration in so many things these days, but humans in recovery totally inspire me with their willingness and vulnerability.
QUOTE: I like poems better than quotes: “I go down to the shore in the morning and depending on the hour the waves are rolling in or moving out, and I say, oh, I am miserable, what shall - what shall I do? And the sea says in its lovely voice: Excuse me I have work to do.” - I Go Down to the Shore by Mary Oliver
DOES THE FULL MOON MAKE YOU FEEL OUT OF WHACK or DO YOU THINK PEOPLE THAT TALK ABOUT FULL MOONS ARE WHACKY? Honestly, neither. I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the full moon cycles, but I love listening to people that do and hearing their perspective.
GO-TO KARAOKE SONG: I’ve never done Karaoke, but my husband and I like to sing “You and I” by Ingrid Michealson together. So, I think that would be my first choice.
LAST BOOK I READ + MY FAVORITE BOOK: I am currently reading “Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita” by Ram Das and loving it. One of my favorite authors is Anne Lamott and her book “Traveling Mercies” may be my favorite of hers. I tend to read a lot of self-empowerment books.
MY DAILY BALANCING TOOLS: Most days I practice Kundalini yoga, pray, practice mantra, light incense, drink herbal tea, and use essential oils. I also journal, walk my dog, and practice asana several times a week. I try to attend a mindfulness based recovery meeting once a week and/or meet with friends in recovery, too.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED THAT YOU LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHERS: 1. Student first, teacher second.
2. It is none of my business what others think of me.
3. Practice speaking truth (with compassion). It will set you free.