Hi! I'm Abby and I love the way God loves - I love the way he brings beauty from ashes, and I want to be someone who partners with Him in that work. I've been in Colorado with my husband, Dan for over 9 years. We came here to work for a group home for teenagers called the Dale House Project and it changed us in so many ways. From that experience, I knew I wanted to continue my work with youth and I wanted to know more of how to bring effective healing and hope. I got my Masters in Social Work from Colorado State University, and went on to work for some wonderful local non-profits including TESSA and Restore Innocence.  After studying trauma and various issues that survivors of abuse and human trafficking have to endure, I realized that yoga had a role to play. I saw that yoga was a gentile tool to help people befriend their bodies again. I saw that it was a tool for slowing down, taking time to spend with God's Spirit, and listen to your body and soul - such a healing tool. I got my yoga teaching certificate through Cambio Yoga in 2011 and now use my social work education and yoga experience to bring a form healing to various people in our community. Below are some of the organizations I've been able to work with so far. I would love to add some to the list! 

*Soul Care Retreats  So honored to serve alongside of my friend Brandi for Soul Care Retreats two times a year - a place for women non-profit leaders to rest and restore and remember the lavishing love Jesus has for them.  I teach restorative, Christ-centered yoga a few times during each retreat. 

*DYC - Colorado Department of Youth Corrections:  Currently I serve as a contract therapist, bringing yoga to youth in a few of the local correctional facilities. We work on breathing techniques for calming the mind and body, along with asana and gratitude practices.

*Refresh Conference:  This year I got to serve as a speaker and yoga teacher at the Refresh Conference in Washington state - a conference for foster and adoptive families.  

*Empower Colorado: Honored to partner with Empowered Colorado, an organization that is dedicated to building self-image and self-esteem.

*Two Cor Projects: I partnered with Two Cor to bring yoga to at-risk girls and young women - some who are in the foster care system.

* School District - 11: Helped create and implement a curriculum for at-risk middle school students at a local title 1 school.

When I'm not teaching yoga, I am working in my photography business, Love Roots Photography. I've had the privilege of photographing couples, weddings, newborns and families. I currently contribute to an online and print publication called Colorado Collective. I also love traveling and have experienced some incredible places like Honduras, Thailand, Ethiopia, and Uganda. My heart is always drawn to beauty, poetry, authenticity, and people who are inspired to make a difference in the world. My husband and I long to be parents some-day, and have been pursuing adoption for the last four years. It's a big part of my story and you can read more if you'd like at my blog called dearbeloveds .  I'm so grateful to be on this journey of life - the hard and the good - and I want more than anything to be a sweet fragrance of Christ's love to those around me. My hope is to bring "beauty from ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair" (Isaiah 61).

Feel free to e-mail me if you have an idea for collaboration, or if you have something you'd like to talk about! Click the contact page and fill out the form. I look forward to connecting with you!