My life work is to be an encourager and a notice and advocate for right action in the world. From the moment I stepped on a yoga mat, my mind shifted and wanted to bring the practice into the schools. I began volunteering in my children’s classrooms and as time has gone on and they have become adults, I devote my time full time to advocating for yoga, mindfulness and neuroscience education to be prioritized in the schools. For the last six years, my efforts have been with the YoMIND project.
"I am yogi, a mother, a wife, a yoga and mindfulness teacher, a jewelry designer, a coach, a volunteer, and a community organizer. I LOVE hiking and am so grateful to live in Ashland (for the last 17 years!!!) and be part of the Rogue Valley community. In addition to my work with YoMIND, I volunteer with the Ashland Food Project as a neighborhood coordinator and work building trails with the Ashland Woods and Trails Association.
I love to learn and am always looking for ways to improve myself and my relationships. I am inspired by many great teachers and ideas. I value health, quality relationships and community and actively study yoga philosophy, neuroscience, Ayurvedic medicine/cooking, nutrition, anatomy, and the use of essential oils.
I am especially fascinated by the neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness and how through understanding these principles, we can shift our perceptions, improve relationships and facilitate the development of compassionate communities.
My many years of practicing yoga and studies have been of value overcoming personal struggles with both illnesses and injuries. Yoga cultivates resiliency and awareness of the body’s natural intelligence. Learning yoga, mindfulness and emotional self regulation skills as a child, teen or young adult can lay the foundation for managing the inevitable stressors that occur as students grow up and navigate their adult life.
Libby played Division 1 Volleyball at the University of Montana for three seasons and then finished her B.A. in Interpersonal Communication at the University of Washington. She did her graduate studies in Business Administration at University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Libby has completed several yoga teacher trainings, has both taken and led many personal development workshops and is currently adjunct faculty at Southern Oregon University. Additionally, Libby recently completed Mindfulness Fundamentals, Curriculum Training, Difficult Emotions and Mindful Communications from Mindful Schools.