SparkFit is downtown Little Rock’s movement studio where we build whole body health through classes designed to challenge and inspire. Immerse yourself in a wide variety of classes ranging from boot camp and the foundations of modern dance to dynamic yoga, all structured around one goal -- to build your mind-body connection through strength and stability for a balanced, healthy, and happy life. You’ll be guided by experienced trainers fully invested in helping you be your very best self as you become apart of our movement community. We’re passionate about integrating different forms of fitness with a focus on developing the body and body connection.
I am a Licensed Counselor recognized by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling (A1406080). In addition to my counseling license, I have over 12 years in the Fitness Industry and currently maintain a personal training certification from AFAA, a Pilates Reformer Level 1 certification from Balance Bodies. I have also achieved a Russian Kettlebell certification from Russian Kettlebell Club. Services that I provide are but are not limited to: Counseling, Personal Training, Wellness & Nutritional Consultations, Public Speaking, Educational Presentations and Online Exercise Programming and Accountability.
In the beginning exercise did not start as a choice, it started as a positive coping strategy to manage my tumultuous adolescent life. In fact, I had never exercised other than to play sports before I was given a Billy Blanks Tai Bo video the summer after my 8th grade year. I was still in rehab and had been hardening my heart for three years to the point where I felt no emotion. But something happened the first time I used that tape; Billy Blanks broke me down in a puddle of sweat and tears and my life has never been the same! Up to that point, I felt as though I was unworthy of love and care and therefore I did not love or care about myself. The truth is, I hated everything about myself.
Getting connected to exercise and my physical body gave me an outlet for self care and avenue to learn and grow. In the beginning, though, my physical body received all of the attention and I continued to neglect my internal self. But the experience of healing in the physical body eventually led me to an opening of the spirit and the mind, as well. I was able to think more clearly and truly CARE about all aspects of myself! Since then, it has been a continuous process of becoming an integrated, balanced and whole being. Learning to respond to myself in a compassionate way during this process, has given me the gift of empathy and compassion to work with others in a similar way. This gift is the foundation for the love and passion I have for my work.
I graduated from the U of A in Fayetteville in 2006 and hold a BSA in Horticulture. I’m a 500-hour certified Yoga Teacher, trained by Matthew and Holly Krepps of Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper, Arkansas, where I also lived and apprenticed for a year. I have experience teaching individual and group classes since 2009. In 2013, I graduated from Touching America Massage Therapy School in Maumelle, Arkansas. My most proud accomplishment, however, is being the mother of a bright and rambunctious two-year-old, named Olive.
As a mother, a horticulturist and yoga practitioner, I’ve learned that attention is crucial to growing something well, whether it is a baby, a plant or a movement practice. I first began nurturing a consistent yoga practice in 2006, when I moved to Little Rock. I was physically ill with an autoimmune disorder and almost debilitated by anxiety. My physical issues were the catalyst for beginning in Yoga; however, with the consistency of practice, I realized that it was my mind that was being the most profoundly influenced. The ongoing and ever-evolving gifts of Yoga in my life are tools to develop my attention as a path of inquiry into my thoughts, emotions and internal disposition. I now live a life that is thriving.
Placing one's attention on breath and physical movements, linking them together in a felt connection, brings stability and ease internally, no matter if you are in a challenging yoga posture or a challenging life situation. Overall, yoga provides a framework to practice the honesty and compassion required to be with yourself in the present moment, exactly as you are and exactly as life is.
It is my sincere desire to be at peace with reality and to live in this world as a congruent being. My personal practice motivates my desire to teach others the foundations of a mindfulness practice so that we may all be free from the suffering of our minds and collectively awaken as human beings. I have a heart for teaching beginning students, restorative classes, and classes designed especially for busy mommas!