I grew up moving back and forth across the United States and always playing sports. I took an interest in yoga at a young age because I heard professional athletes use it to stay healthy and it prevents injuries, but I had little time to practice because of my demanding athletic and academic schedule. After completing the University of Hawaii’s Master’s program in Kinesiology, yoga very naturally found its way into my life and has been a part of it ever since. Being an athlete, I was first drawn to the physical aspect, the movement and asanas – working to be stronger and limber. However, there was something unique that came with a yoga practice that was different than how I had previously trained and that was the mindfulness component. What is going on in our minds as the body moves? This was such a new method of training from the sports world of “ignore it and just keep going,” as well as the famous, “no pain no gain!”
I have since immersed myself into yoga, exploring every avenue there is to expand my practice and learning how to connect deeper with myself and others. It has lead me to become a Power Yoga and AcroYoga Level 2 teacher and Thai massage practitioner. My practice has taken me around the globe to Europe, Asia, North and South America to teach, train and learn from some amazing yoga, handstand, acrobatics, and body work teachers – each one having valuable gems of knowledge. Their influence has worked its way into my unique approach and style of teaching. I am always ecstatic to share what I have learned, but even more excited to connect with and learn from everyone I meet.