Community connection is essential for healing, resilience, and movement building. As old systems and societal structures crumble, we sit in this nebulous unknown together.
Avery is a community organizer and long-time student of body-based practices. Avery first experienced the deep wisdom of the yoga tradition through Ashtanga Yoga, and has continued to find the home of her body again and again through the practices of Hatha and Restorative Yoga, meditation, breath, and ceremony.
As a white-bodied, cis-gendered woman, Avery steps into the role of “teacher” with deep respect and reverence for the countless people and lineages that have carried the tradition of yoga across thousands of years of history. Avery considers herself to be a guest in this practice, and holds profound gratitude for the ways it has impacted her life. Through the practice of yoga, she has been inspired to find and connect to her own ancestral practices and earth-based Celtic traditions - a journey that continues to illuminate our undeniable interconnectedness.
Avery believes the embodiment practices found in Yoga and other sacred traditions to be essential to her activism and dedication to healing justice. She advocates for trauma-informed, restorative, and antiracist practices that support and uplift our collective healing and liberation.
Thought leaders that inspire and shape Avery’s offerings include Adrienne Maree Brown, Prentis Hemphill, Sonya Renee Taylor, bell hooks, Angela Davis, Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Reverend angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Avery currently serves as the Interim Director for Living Yoga, a nonprofit that provides trauma-informed yoga and body-based mental health services for those impacted by incarceration, substance use disorder, and health disparities. In her free time, Avery enjoys reading science fiction and historical fiction, singing, learning piano and the art of acting, communing with loved ones, and appreciating our glorious and precious planet.
From Avery's Neighborhood Studio - Woodlawn Yoga Collective:
Avery is a graduate of The Movement Center’s 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and has spent the last seven years working on Fair Trade and sustainable development projects in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Columbus, OH (her hometown) and in Portland.
“I believe that yoga acts as a microcosm of life off of the mat. It teaches us self acceptance, reflective awareness, and how to communicate kindly and intentionally with ourselves and others. I also firmly believe that the compassion, understanding, and forgiveness we learn from yoga are the building blocks of strong, supportive communities – communities that respect people, the planet, and interact peacefully with others. This is my main motivation for teaching.
My teaching style is playful and explorative. In my classes, you can expect emphasis on the use of breath to support movement and deepen the experience, as well as useful alignment cues to ensure safety and optimal functioning of the body. It is my hope that students will leave my classes feeling a stronger connection to the Self, grounded, and open in both body and mind. I look forward to seeing you in class, learning, growing and creating together.”
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