Certified in: Strength, Yogalates, Yin + Trauma-informed yoga | 45 hrs CE
I have lived in multiple states as an adult – Colorado, Maryland, Washington, Vermont, Oregon, and Hawaii to name a few – and I also enjoy international travel. While I am very appreciative of the school and work opportunities that have taken me to so many beautiful places, the stress of moving every few years can take a toll, and I found myself overly reliant on external circumstances to find a sense of peace. Enter yoga! The practice has allowed me to see that exactly where I am is where I am supposed to be, with a few spontaneous trips to fun places here and there . In addition to yoga, I love to dance – mostly hip hop, salsa, and bachata, so look for these kinds of songs to be on my playlists! I’m also a fitness-class junkie – I take everything from cardio kickboxing to cycling to boot camp-type classes – so a lot of functional movements find their way into my yoga classes for a strong, yet stretchy flow with a focused, yet fun atmosphere. To borrow a quote from one of my favorite teachers: My goal is to make sure you leave class feeling better than when you entered, and to have that feeling stay with you for as long as possible.
Favorite Yoga Move:
Warrior II - something about this stance makes me feel strong, confident, and ready to take on the world!
How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most:
Yoga helps me to simply be present, and to trust (most of the time!) that everything works out exactly the way it should. It has also allowed me become deeply connected to myself in multiple ways, and this in turn has helped me to both build and maintain meaningful connections with others
Reason Started Doing Yoga:
I practiced yoga off and on for years, mostly as a way to force myself to slow down and stretch. Then I found myself at a point in life where I was constantly looking into the future or the past, unable to sit in the present moment - which resulted in chronic stress and anxiety. It was around this time that a friend randomly suggested checking out a hot yoga class, which I agreed to do just to see what all the hype was about. And the rest of the story is like so many others - I quickly noticed the physical, mental, and emotional benefits to practicing the principles of yoga, both on and off of my mat, and I have maintained a devotion to the practice ever since. :)
5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style:
Strong. Detailed. Focused. Light. Fun!