Thirteen years ago, a yoga studio opened in Wendy’s neighborhood in Minneapolis. She drove past the studio many times over several months, wondering what yoga was all about. Meditation? Exercise? Would it require a new wardrobe? One day, out of curiosity, she ventured into the yoga studio, rolled out a rental mat and experienced her first sun salutation. That was it. She found something deeply transformative in the practice and has been a dedicated yoga student ever since.
She loved the intensity and focus that it required and in order to enhance her own practice, she completed a 40-hour Ashtanga Teacher Training course in 2006 with David Swenson. Wendy and her husband, Jim, moved to Florida the following year, and it was here, at Yoga from the Heart, that she discovered the beauty and depth of alignment-based yoga with Lynn Burgess.
Since relocating, she has continued to deepen her practice and experience how yoga can enhance all aspects of your life. Wendy received her RYT-200 certification under the direction of Rodney Yee, at his Yoga Shanti studio in New York City in 2015.
Off the mat, Wendy is an attorney and child advocate in Sarasota representing foster and at-risk teens and serves on two local boards that advocate for the legal rights of kids in foster care. Wendy is also a volunteer advocate for International Justice Mission whose goal is to rescue and seek justice for victims of trafficking, slavery and other violent oppression. In their spare time, Wendy and Jim enjoy Florida life on the water – salt water fly fishing and off-shore fishing.
No matter where she is or what she is doing, Wendy always has a yoga mat with her – in the car, the boat or her suitcase.
“You never know when you might need to roll out a mat and change your perspective – it can be accomplished anywhere/anytime with one simple Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)!”