Merrilee obtained her 200-hour and 500-hour teaching certifications from West End Yoga. She has also obtained specialized training in teaching trauma sensitive yoga to individuals coping with post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma and adaptive yoga to individuals who have suffered bodily injury. Merrilee approaches each class with a beginner’s mind and believes that everyone is capable of benefiting from yoga regardless of mobility, flexibility, strength, age or size. Merrilee incorporates mindful movement and breath awareness into her slow to moderately-paced vinyasa flow classes. She believes that yoga offers an emotional respite from the stress and busyness of the world as well as an opportunity to gain strength and flexibility. Merrilee draws her inspiration from her experiences as a lifelong runner, collegiate rower, military officer, wife, and mother.