I first tried yoga while I was visiting a small town in Nepal. When a kind, elderly village shopkeeper invites you to join him at sunrise to practice yoga at the local temple, you say "yes"! It was a profound experience and a reality check on what state my body actually was in. Though, it wasn't until a year later that I went to my first yoga class at a studio, and this time, discovered what state my mind was in. I left feeling defeated and sat at home in a bad mood. Then, some of the lesson from class seeped in, and I felt a drive to continue with the practice. That's when my life started to change. I quit my job in public relations, moved back home to Texas, and started to rebuild, and it was one of the toughest, yet most transformative periods of my life. Yoga showed itself to be my foundation during that time, and it was at Black Swan where I started to find my footing. Since then, I've been developing my practice and training under Annie Carpenter, an alignment-based instructor with decades of experience applying her understanding of anatomy to movement. In practice with me, you can expect a strong focus on the physical nature of asanas. Proper alignment for your body - the movement of muscles, safety of joints, and position of bones - makes for a challenging, accessible practice for everyone, from beginners to seasoned yogis.