My Yoga Journey
I dabbled in yoga on and off when I was in teens to early 30s. At that time, I just considered yoga to be a form on exercise. I used to practice hot yoga or any fast paced yoga class. The sweatier I got, the better!
When I was in my early 30s, I had a brain aneurysm rupture. Luckily I was in the best shape of my life, so my recovery was smooth. But during my recovery and after, I pretty much stopped any type of exercise.
About 8 years ago, I rediscovered yoga. This time, from a mind and body perspective. I was healing from a difficult time in my life. I fell in love with the practice of fluid movement combined with breath and an increased awareness of how to still my mind. Practicing yoga connected me to my body, made me aware of where I was and also where I needed to focus my attention in order to heal my nervous system and be be physically fit.
When I initially started practicing yoga regularly, I got certified to teach kids yoga. I love kids and I also got the share the benefits of movement, mindfulness and breath with young minds. This experience brought me so much joy.
After 5 years of consecutive practice, I decided to get my 200hr YTT to learn more intimately how this ancient practice works.
My Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) was life changing. I learned the importance of breathing properly and the art of focusing inward. Both concepts are extremely important to having a calm body. My YTT was led by Psychologist in Residence at American University, Dr. Deborah Norris. She is the owner of The Mindfulness Center. Not only did I learn about the body using asanas (poses) for working your muscles, I also learned about how much the practice of pranayama (breathwork) and meditation (stilling the mind) are even more beneficial to our nervous system. I also learned about the medical research and outcomes that support the many benefits of this practice on your physical and mental health.
I am currently working on my 500hr YTT in Yoga Psychology. I am now digging deeper into how important breath and mindfulness are for the the nervous system.
It brings me great joy to see how people grow by practicing yoga, meditation, and pranayama. I support people of all ages (1 1/2 - 90+). I specialize in facilitating those who have health issues to become more balanced and stronger both mentally and physically.
I'm always looking for opportunities to share my practice. Please email me, and I will respond promptly.