Irie is a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in Nursing Business & Healthcare Administration as well as a certified yoga instructor (200-RYT). Her nearly 20 years of professional nursing work includes experiences in clinical, educational, & policy settings. She strives to provide compassionate, patient-centered care and advocacy in all areas of her healthcare work.
Irie discovered yoga in 2009 after having two c-sections in two years. The strain on her body, brought on by her first two 9 and 10 pound babies, felt almost irreparable. On the suggestion of her doctor, she began practicing at a yoga studio to regain physical strength and improve posture, but came to love the depth and beauty in the practice. Irie has been a student of yoga ever since, practicing 3-5 days per week, reading, listening, and learning from various teachers of the practice. Her journey eventually lead her to become a certified yoga instructor in 2019 and her time as a yoga guide has included leading studio, community, and private classes in the Lansing, MI area. In June of 2020, Irie channeled her outrage and helplessness she felt surrounding the death of George Floyd, by co-organizing and leading a donation-based, outdoor Juneteenth sunset yoga flow to raise consciousness and funds for the racial justice movement in her community; the event was attended by over 100 people. Irie became a Yoga For All Certified Instructor in November 2020.
Irie’s mission in serving both patients and students of yoga is to cultivate healthy living and wellness in body, mind, and spirit. Her numerous years working in healthcare & adult higher education, along with her personal yoga practice for over a decade has given her a unique and multi-faceted approach to her yoga instruction. She hopes to empower everyone she meets in the classroom, patient room, yoga studio, or community, to be proactive advocates for their own health and quality of life through mindful, holistic practices.