Hi, I'm Francia
My yogic journey began in 2000 when I became pregnant while recovering from alcohol abuse, and childhood trauma; years later ‘yoga saved my life’ and offered a path to healing from a deep and debilitating depression. Still to this day yoga continues to offer me connection, a change in perspective and a heartfelt foundation to cope with mental and emotional turmoil in daily life.
Beyond a way to maintain a strong, healthy body and mind, yoga provides a connection to source that guides my spiritual journey.
In 2007 I became a Yoga Alliance certified 200hr vinyasa yoga teacher; since then I’ve continued to deepen my knowledge of yoga by studying other disciplines such as Vipassana, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Hot Yoga, Gentle yoga, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Kids yoga, Tantra and most recently a trauma informed, mindfulness based training with Prison Yoga Project. My passion for yoga stems from the deepest gratitude for yogas' self-healing qualities: a stabilizing mental attitude and nurturing a continuous and deepening connection to a greater power.
I am a member and practitioner of the Still Water Sangha meditation community and most recently sat for a 10 day immersive Vipassana meditation course. I’m a Plant-based nutrition specialist, and a certified level II Reiki worker.
What this practice has to offer is a chance to look at things in a different light, an opportunity to interrupt self-defeating, and negative patterns of thinking while introducing the idea that you always have a choice, to be and do something different.
When we heal ourselves, we help heal our loved ones and everyone we come in contact with by shining a light for those who may be lost in the dark. Yoga was for me that light, my loving husband held the lamp and refused to let me snuff it out, for this, I am eternally grateful to both him and this ancient practice.
This is why I feel an obligation to become the best possible version of myself and introduce or help guide others on this continued path of awakening, ecstatic love and "Ananda" bliss!