Natalie began practicing yoga in 2002 through her local HS adult school, before there were any yoga studios in her area. At first she was drawn to the practice of yoga because of the balance and flexibility it helped her cultivate both physically and mentally. As she moved multiple times due to her career path, she continued to practice for several years on a weekly basis, sometimes interrupted by month long gaps, but always feeling drawn to return to the practice.
In 2009 she returned to her home town where a local yoga studio had opened, and where she took her first Vinyasa class. Towards the end of that class, the teacher instructed the students into sundial pose. Natalie did not even know that pose existed; much less did she think she was capable of contorting herself into such a position. She tried it anyway, and was quite surprised to find herself doing the pose. At that moment, a world of possibilities opened, and her practice grew into passion.
Natalie practices mainly Vinyasa and Anusara yoga styles, and she blends these two styles in her own teaching. In 2012 she completed her 200 hr. teacher training in Bali at a retreat with Vidya Jacqueline Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga, based in North Adams, MA. Natalie draws upon her daily teaching experience as a HS German and French teacher to help guide her yoga students. She sequences her classes with creative and dynamic flows that center on balance. She always encourages her students to try challenging poses, because they just might surprise themselves one day like she did. In her teaching, she most enjoys seeing that moment when a student suddenly gets a pose they thought was beyond their reach.