Most of my life has revolved around soccer and a go-go mentality.
As a competitive athlete I spent a huge amount of time and energy developing my skills and training my body to be at its optimum potential to compete.
This is how I found my way into yoga, at sixteen, because my coach told me I was too stiff. I remember the overwhelming sense of peace, acceptance, and power that filled the room in that first practice. Paying attention to my breath felt amazing and I realized I needed yoga in my life for reasons beyond being able to touch my toes.
The pinnacle of my sports career was playing Division-1 soccer at CSU Long Beach. It was here that I determined my life's calling—to help people move and feel better in their bodies.
I received my BS. In Kinesiology in 2014, with the intent of going to Physical Therapy school. Along that line, I decided to take teacher training because yoga has been such a huge source of my own healing.
Through my yoga practice, I have learned how to soften and be more compassionate. I also developed a completely new level of body awareness. In fact, I believe that much of my success as a soccer player can be attributed to yoga.
Over the past nine years, my practice has evolved substantially. I no longer care about being able to do the splits or a perfect handstand, and instead, focus more on the subtleties of the practice. "What do I feel right now?" And "what can I do to best serve my body and mind in this moment?" Usually the answer comes back to focusing on the quality of my breath and thoughts.
Each time I come to my mat I confront myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In turn, I take what I learn and apply it to my life.
As a teacher, my focus is to connect, create a safe and loving atmosphere, and facilitate an experience that allows you to explore and discover insights into your body, mind and soul.
I work to provide a challenging and supportive class where you will continue to develop and grow. I believe that much can be revealed through the body when we investigate what we feel and how that might manifest in our lives.
The level of compassion, kindness, love, and wisdom that exists in this community constantly humbles me and I hope to add to this in any little way that I can.
I believe that each day we have an opportunity to make the world a better place through small acts of kindness and the willingness to connect and be vulnerable.