Our purpose is to hold space here for members of our community as they transform, connect and grow through yoga and other life enriching activities. Our hope is that our members will walk away from The Sacred Space with tools to navigate their life so that they can grow into the best version of themselves that they want to be.
Frisco has been one of the fastest growing cities in the US for the last two decades which creates a unique cultural problem. There are so many transplants here looking for a place to connect, add that to chronic busy-ness, loneliness and a general inability to be fully present in the here and now and Frisco can be a hard adjustment for some. We hope to create a hospitable place to generate community here in Frisco. Yoga is a means of connection, it literally means "to yoke." So through yoga and other activities at The Sacred Space we hope to connect people to themselves, to each other and to God. We are about changing the world one heart at a time.
From the Founder: My Nomadic Journey
I'm a native Texan, born in Austin, raised in Abilene, and attended Abilene Christian University which was a launching pad for my travels throughout the world. I spent my longest time abroad in Thailand, living there cumulatively for 5 years, ultimately moving where my heart beckoned and at times broke into pieces--deep in the red light districts of Bangkok where I worked to fight the trafficking of women and children. Eventually working for a humanitarian organization, called World Concern, I studied my Master's degree in International Development at Eastern University, and continued traveling in my work and education all over the world, trying to understand this international crime and building a base of care for survivors from Thailand to Cambodia, to Nepal to the borderlands of Laos and Burma and eventually into Africa. It was during this time that I created Freedom Stones, a non-profit organization established to assist survivors of human trafficking through income generation projects, training and rehabilitation. Eventually I brought Freedom Stones to the US and began selling jewelry made by these precious women and children to help support them. Later Freedom Stones grew and merged with another organization, Not Abandoned, which still continues its good work to this day.
Upon returning from my nomadic lifestyle, I eventually met and married my best friend, Paul Knippel. In the transition years that followed I had two wonderful children, (Wren and Willow) and experienced deep healing from the extreme trauma I had witnessed in the world, as well as trauma I had endured myself. Yoga had been like a good friend to me throughout my nomadic days and had kept me centered and breathing even as I witnessed unspeakable acts of cruelty to the most innocent. Facing a small identity crisis during the hidden time of motherhood, I turned to what I knew, and a practice that helped me connect again with myself, my fellow human beings and my God. Finding myself in the suburban world of Frisco, Texas was a difficult adjustment spiritually, intellectually and culturally until I eventually found a beautiful supportive community through my church and through fellow yogis I met while getting certified as a yoga instructor.
Fast forward to 2014, my husband and I found ourselves purchasing a dream property in Frisco. It was centrally located off of Main street, with a half-acre of ground to play upon, a beautiful historic home and best of all my very own free standing studio space. Eventually a vision formed for this space and I wanted to share it. I have always had a calling to engage with people in meaningful ways and to see people transform, grow and heal. This space creates an environment where that can happen. Already we are seeing these very changes happen in small and large ways--especially within ourselves as a family, which is where it all starts. In the summer of 2016, I became a mommy again for the third time with the birth of my son Samuel. This is where the deepest yoga starts all over again for me, the practice of being present to these little ones. Each one has their own special purpose that we are discovering as we listen and learn from them. This is the most important work in my life--to guide them on their journey. For my second job, I deeply enjoy guiding students in a restorative yoga practice as well as more active styles of yoga. Additionally my own inner child awakens in my role as the Director/Curriculum Designer of YogaTales for Kids, which we implement as an enrichment program in area schools on a weekly basis.
My heart for The Sacred Space is that it will continue becoming a safe place for people to gather, practice yoga and other life-enriching activities while they learn to be more present. In this culture of constant busy-ness, too many hand held devices, and constant distraction and consumerism, The Sacred Space provides an antidote for these societal ills by enabling sacred connections to our most authentic selves, to one another and to God. I look forward to sharing this space with you.