Practice with the sun in your face, wind in your hair, and sand between your toes
Twelve years ago I began my yoga journey teaching group fitness as a certified AAFA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) instructor. At that time I taught high-paced classes like spinning, kickboxing, ab toning, and swimming- just to name a few. Then I started taking yoga classes only because I was told that it would help my knee pain from hours of cycling. I left that one class feeling amazed! How could I work so hard pushing my muscles to the limit and leave with a calm, relaxed, proud perspective of myself?
That is because yoga not only works the body- it also works the mind, allowing me to discard the “I can’t” and “I won’t” that resounded in my head.
Later that year I started teaching yoga. My favorite classes to teach were spinning and yoga. They are very similar in regards to letting the mind go and trusting the body to do the work.
At a difficult turning-point in my life I stopped teaching because of heartbreak. Life kept happening and stress kept building. Fifty pounds and ten months later (on my birthday) I decided that I needed to do something for myself. I came back into the arms (literally) of yoga with Angel Grant. I had tears streaming down my face and pooling into my ears during savasana- I knew I was back where I belong! Even though my body was not at the same stamina level anymore, my heart was open... and this is where my journey back on the mat began.
I am honored now, as a RYT (Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher) [since 2012] to be the catalyst for a positive change in others.
My teaching style can be described as “fun”, “relaxing” and “welcoming”, I encourage laughter, questions and smiles. I feel one can have a serious practice, while not taking oneself so seriously- yet still spread love and encouragement to everyone around.