“So let us not forget, we can begin practicing yoga from any starting point…” – T.K.V. Desikachar
A dancer since age four, Brooke began practicing yoga with her mom over a decade ago in San Diego. Her love of the practice developed into an unexpectedly profound support during her time in San Francisco as a member of contemporary dance company LEVYdance, and as a teaching artist for at-risk youth through Performing Arts Workshop. Practicing with teachers Janet Stone, Lauren Slater, and Lily Dwyer, Brooke discovered and cultivated a great joy and equanimity within her own body, mind, and breath in movement. During this time, she also worked closely with Dorothy Hunt, a spiritual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, whose direct approach teachings on awakening ignited a devotion to the remembering and realizing of our true, whole nature as human beings. This devotion has led Brooke to a sincere and playful deepening in her practice of both Yoga and Zen Buddhism, and a desire to share what has supported her own practical and radical exploration of S/self. She completed the yoga teacher training led by River Cummings, who teaches in the lineage of Gary Kraftsow, T.K.V. Desikachar, and his father, T. Krishnamacharya, and continues her studies with Sofia Diaz and Nataraja Kallio. As a certified yoga instructor, Brooke offers private yoga sessions and public community classes in Boulder, CO. She is on faculty at Naropa University and The Integral Center.
My wish in teaching yoga is that each student enjoy getting to know him or herself more intimately, breath by breath – whether that be a sense of settling, of ripening, of exploring, or all of the above. I want to offer what I have learned for students to feel, hear, and know themselves more vividly. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share these practices that have been such gifts for me.