“I do not understand the mystery of grace, only that it meets us where we are, and does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott
Service is Samantha’s passion. She believes that the embodiment of a philosophy that strengthens self to strengthen the collective results in shift. Her teachings help her students uncover the nature and truth that already lies within, while providing a safe space for self-inquiry, action, expression and healing to emerge. Samantha’s primary goal is a safe container for you to 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 vibration for a full spectrum experience. Her approach to all arenas of energy exchange is compassionate non-violent communication (Rosenberg). Samantha also enjoys the outdoors, music, art, and time in the kitchen. Outside the practice space, she lives and loves life with her husband and two teenage sons, works in peer mental health recovery, and enjoys all things creative (fiber and color!) and outdoors (water!). All of these inform a dedication to the practice of yoga as a way of life, for herself and her clients. Previous teaching experiences spans across age groups and continents with an emphasis on special populations.
Samantha is a 200ERYT Yoga Alliance certified Kunga yoga instructor (with Noelle Whittington / Kunga Yoga School of Wilmington Yoga Center), YACEP, and Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner serving the DMV, Coastal and Piedmont NC areas. (Also available for travel offerings). Relevent certifications and experience include: Ayurveda / Dinacharya (with March Holzman), Trauma Informed Mindfulness/Yoga (Carla Lundgren), Yoga for Recovery (Nikki Myers), Children’s Yoga (ChildLight / OMSchooled), 5Elements Flow (Noelle Whittington / Kunga Yoga School), Hands on Assisting (Noelle Whittington / Kunga Yoga School), and Self Myofascial Release (Dr. Ariele Foster).
Samantha also offers 1:1 or small group yoga / thai yoga sessions and co-leads yoga + writing retreats at Mindfulness + the Muse.
Your practice loves to meet your body/mind/spirit needs where they are every time you practice. 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!
-All of the light, the darkness, the journey, the truth, the seeker in me sees, honors, adores the light, the darkness, the journey, the truth, the seeker in you , Namaste.
yoga + bodywork
Yoga (group / public classes,workshops, private / small group sessions, on-site contracts, continuing education facilitation)
Thai Yoga Bodywork (deeply assisted, rejuvenating mat based yoga)
mentorinG + Creativity
Refining : A Personal Journey from Self-Inquiry to Knowing to Creative Expression: Refining is self – led , no time requirement journey through that helps clients get to the core of finding what drives them, how to find their voice, and express themselves in an authentic and powerful way. Clients can purchase the refining packet to explore on their own, or in conjunction with mentoring and feedback.
Coming Soon...the S.A.V.E. card deck : supporting your Self-inquiry -> Action -> Validation (self) -> creative Expression journey with meditations, writing prompts, and mantras to keep the inner fire burning!
Mindfulness + Movement Mentoring program available 1:1, small groups, and studios.
MEET | MAKE : Meet up groups for curating community, connection, creation.