I write about my daily struggle, which might be a little like your daily struggle: I struggle with the reality of who I am and who I want to be. For me, that struggle looks like the balance between being and doing, between spending time with my family and keeping the house clean, between being still and knowing that God is God (Psalm 46:10) and getting the grading done. The practice of yoga teaches me a lot about that balance, so I write about the convergence of yoga, faith, work, and life.
I love to read, write, and play. I love water and summer and winter days by a fireplace with a good book. By trade, I’m a college writing instructor, and I’m also a writer, a yogi, and an amateur theologian. I’m married to Kylie, an enthusiastic board game store owner, and we have an amazing toddler who loves to laugh and wave bye-bye to ants.
I believe that God invites us to live fully in our whole bodies—that God talks to us through body, mind, and spirit. As a life-long reader, I’ve lived a lot of my life in my head, ignoring my body; when I hit depression, I literally thought I could think my way out of depression by going to graduate school for theology. When my mom dragged me to a yoga class, I realized that thinking was only part of the equation, and I began learning to listen to my body as well as my mind. Incorporating my body, mind, and spirit together has helped me work toward emotional health. I believe that God is present with us every day, in every tiny task, as close as our breath.
This belief is where the phrase Ruach Yoga comes from: in Hebrew, ruach means life-breath or spirit, as in the life-breath of God that sustains us every day (see Ezekiel 37 for a pretty dramatic story about ruach). Yoga means to yoke, or to join, and is generally thought of as a physical and mental practice. While I write a lot about postural yoga, I also practice the yoga of trying to notice God in every breath (yoking the two things together).
To that end, I write here on this blog when I can. I’m a recovering perfectionist, and perfectionists are the experts at doing things they “should” do, and I know that “good” bloggers post faithfully at least twice a week. But I’m learning not to “should” on myself. So I write when I have something interesting, honest, and hopefully inspiring to say. I give myself grace when I go weeks without a post, and I hope you do too.
- Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh
- Master of Ministries from Bethel College
- Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Taylor University
- Licensed Secondary Education Teacher in English in the State of Indiana
- Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
- Yoga Ed Endorsement in secondary education
- Ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church of the USA through the Open Door
- Web Curator of ChristiansPracticingYoga.com