I took my first yoga class in a gym when I was living in Michigan. I remembered being sore for 2 days afterwards and feeling every muscle in my body. I went from lifting weights and doing cardio 3-5 times a week to step-aerobics, kick-boxing and yoga. My yoga instructors even encouraged me to teach but I brushed that aside, not knowing that I will revisit the idea a few years later.
In 2009, I needed to do something to get back into shape after moving to the greater DC area. Through the physical practice, I was made aware of the restraints in my body. I had knots in my upper shoulders, popping sounds in my joints, pains in my ankles and knees. I had no idea what my body was telling me. I didn’t realize that when I step onto my mat, I was facing MYSELF. I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like who I was. I questioned my decisions in life and why I was living in DC when all of my friends and family were in Michigan. My mat is the mirror into my life. This wasn’t what I had expected to come from my yoga practice. I just wanted to get in shape and looked good. The power of transformation entered my life…
The feeling of peace and accomplishment after 90 minutes of sweating in a hot room made me realized that I am much stronger than I gave myself credit. After 6 months of practicing Bapiste Power Vinyasa Flow, I approached the owner of the studio, where I practiced and told her I wanted to become a yoga instructor. I want to share the inspiration and empowerment that I felt during my practice with others.
In February 2010 , I went to my first bootcamp with Baron Bapiste in Hawaii. The week long training was intense. I was crying every day and the floodgates to my soul started to open up. I left telling myself that, “Everything happens for a reason and I will let this yoga thing happen organically.” I returned to Virginia to start my teaching career as well as becoming one of the senior assistants. My path as a teacher was messy. I credit my mentor, Christen Iannone for taking my classes, giving me valuable feedback and encouragement. I went to Level Two Teacher Training bootcamp in September 2011. Again, the emotional rollercoaster was unbelievable. I felt alive and wasn’t afraid to open up to the people I met. That was when I realized that I could no longer ignore my passion for teaching yoga. I manifested that I wanted to do this full-time and within a few months, that came true.
I stepped away from my 10 yr career of commerical interior design to pursue yoga full-time in the Fall of 2011. I am blessed to have loving and supportive friends that have been cheering me on. I look forward to a life full of creating possibilities for myself and others in my yoga journey. As a student of yoga, I share my experience as I stand to teach class. We are on a journey together when we practice as a community. I learn from my students, they teach me that it is ok to open up and be authentic. When I teach from love, I can inspire and empower people to see the good that is within them.