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 for a wonderful non-profit called Free The Girls while also being a foster mama to some beautiful kids.
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!