WHERE IT BEGAN
I grew up an athlete - playing soccer, softball and running track. I ventured into my first yoga class (at the local gym) during my senior year of high school at the recommendation of my soccer coach. It wasn't, however, until I started running marathons in my 2nd year of college that I truly fell in love with yoga's affects on my mind & body. While away at college I struggled with debilitating panic attacks and turned to running as a way to ease my mind, but marathon training was extremely hard on my body. I found that yoga was the missing piece to healing from the panic attacks as well as taking care of my body in the physical way that I need.
When I moved home from college in 2005 I dove deeply into a regular practice at a local yoga studio in Sherman Oaks. In 2006 I walked into Rising Lotus Yoga in Sherman Oaks and felt my soul *sigh*. There was no question, Yoga was HOME. In 2007 I completed my first teacher training and the day after completing the final exam I taught my first class! A year later I quit my “stable” job, dove into more trainings with YogaWorks, and with both feet first, I jumped into pursuing my passion of teaching yoga full time. I have been living my dharma ever since!
My teaching has been influenced by many incredible teachers from my mentors Dani Ibarra, Annie Carpenter, and Jeanne Heileman, to teachers that I have studied and practiced with Tiffany Cruikshank, Alex Crow, Tara Judelle, and Elena Brower. My classes have evolved into a mindful blend of athletic Vinyasa flow, clear and precise anatomy & alignment principles, Subtle Body (energy) awareness, and mindful breathing practices. As a Reiki Master teacher and crystal healer I weave energy principles and meditation techniques into each class. I specialize in the use of the elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, Storm) as taught by one of my energy & crystal healing mentors; Naisha Ahsian.
Working with the elements in a yoga practice can instill an overall sense of balance and harmony to the physical, spiritual, and energetic bodies. My deepest intention as a teacher is to inspire my students to go beyond what we can see with our eyes and FEEL more - to live with intention. One of my favorite mottos as I heard from one of my favorite teachers, Chelsey Korus, is "Lean into the simplicity....rather than chasing the complexity." This is how I seek to teach my classes as well as live my life.
When I am not teaching yoga I am a mommy to two beautiful children who keep me very busy and on my toes! I also run my own online shop selling my handmade gemstone mala beads and bracelets.
550 hours YTT YogaWorks, CA - Studied under Dani Ibarra and Annie Carpenter - 2008
200 Hr Vinyasa Flow Certification from Rishi Yoga Institute under Devin Morgan - 2007
50 Hr Master Training Certification in Subtle Body under Jeanne Heileman - Tantra Flow Yoga
Reiki Master Teacher Certification Level 1-4 - Aimee Bello Reiki Master
Primus Activation Healing Technique Certification - Naisha Ahsian
Certified Crystal Healer - Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy - Ashley Leavy
20 Hr Yoga Anatomy Training - Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank