Kim did not have to try to focus on yoga. She did not have to decide she wanted to teach. It arose in her life naturally. She hit the mat at 17 years old and never looked back.
She wasted no effort. At 20 years old, she started teaching. Two years later she earned her Bachelor’s degree and completed her 200 hour training in Boone, NC, as taught by Valerie Midgett and Kelly Golden, GBTT’s first Program Director. When she was 26 she completed her second, more focused teacher training in the Anusara system as directed by Sarah Faircloth, Rachael Crawford-Goolsby, Kelley Gardner and Stacey Milner-Collins.
Since her first visit to the mat, Kim has earned a Master’s degree, found her soul mate, given birth to a precious son, and worked as a Speech Therapist with many people experiencing the most difficult times in their lives. She calls her son and her patients some of her greatest teachers.
Fourteen years later, she is a leading teacher at the Glowing Body and has participated as a mentor in all of the GBTT trainings. She was the first teacher to offer a Karma class at Glowing Body. She served as studio manager for 2 years. She organized a yoga and service trip to Haiti with support from the studio and community. She has taught many Beginner Series, Breath & Meditation Series, Practice Immersions, and facilitated the popular Mat Time workshops that explore advanced poses.
She is also an avid learner. Kim has completed coursework on the Yoga Sutras with Rod Stryker and meditation instruction with Sally Kempton. Kim has attended multiple intensives in anatomy, physiology and therapeutic application of yoga with Martin Kirk. She has most recently enjoyed mentorship from Christina Sell of Live the Light of Yoga School and Kelly Scott of Dragonfly Thai Yoga Studio.
With several thousand hours of classroom teaching and countless hours of personal practice balanced by intensive self-study, Kim brings an enthusiasm and confidence to teaching that is universal. She also brings a discriminating view to the practice and study of yoga. As a medical professional, she respects the efficacy of evidence based treatments and clinical judgment. She believes yoga offers tools to deal with the ups and downs of life, including illness and injury, though she believes there is a place for both modern medicine and complementary approaches.
Kim has said “I am the happiest with my teaching when I am regularly practicing.” She approaches asana with both an awareness of alignment and love of the breath and movement in vinyasa. She sees many students who benefit from each approach. She has designed the GBTT to provide a balanced view of teaching yoga classes.
Glowing Body teachers in the areas of yin yoga, rope and prop use, core strength, lineage based methods, and yoga philosophy will offer instruction in this training. Also, much of the anatomy will be taught by some of the leading healing arts practitioners at the Glowing Body.
More details coming soon…