In the spring of 2014, I took my very first yoga class which started off with an intense vinyasa flow (breath to movement) and ended with a heavy meditation. I remember coming home after class and reevaluating my surroundings and my lifestyle. I had realized that for many years, I was trying very hard to control my life and the lives of others. I thought to myself, “I surrender! I am no longer going to try and control anyone but myself & my own environment.” It was at that sudden moment, when I found excitement in pushing forward in a positive, healthy, mindful journey and including Yoga as my practice.
Now you’re probably thinking, “What the heck kind of yoga class was she in??” But the truth is, for the first time in my life I was given the space & the opportunity to meditate. Meditation (dhyana) is what brought me to my overall senses & the postures (asana) is what allowed me to focus, discipline & understand my mind and thoughts. After being exposed to this small portion of what Yoga consists of, I was eager to explore myself on a deeper and higher level of consciousness.
I received my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Orange Coast College in the fall of 2017. I am currently expanding my Yoga practice and scheduled to attend training with The Prison for Yoga Project in San Diego at the end of January. I am also in the process of earning my 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Ma Yoga® and I’m expected to be certified by April.
I’ve always been passionate about teaching, leading, and mentoring the youth in my community. My ultimate focus is to use the various methods of Yoga to assist underserved communities of at-risk youth. I plan to instruct pregnant teenage girls, incarcerated youth and youth at risk of drugs, alcohol, and STD’s along with other minority communities. It is my priority as a teacher to encourage my students to be their own best friend, not their worst enemy. Yoga is a mindset that is achieved only when one minimizes the comparison against others and maximise their best selves. My goal is to provide the youth with the space & opportunity to dive deeper into their undiscovered selves: revealing true inner strength, at their highest potential to reach their most supreme being.
I am devoting my heart, time, and energy to this project during 2018 and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and accomplishments with the rest of the world.
I find most joy in knowing that I can be of service to others in need. I have always been interested in volunteerism & community involvement. I am certain that everything I do has a purpose, and I have found that practicing and teaching yoga has revealed me to my very best self. It has also allowed me to help others dig inward to self-discovery and allowed them to be at peace with themselves. I love seeing my students find their inner-strength, peace, and love. I love being a part of their personal journey!
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It is my priority to create a welcoming enviornment for all students who range from all ages. I will spend time getting to know my client by asking questions about health issues/concerns as well as answer questions about their interest in Yoga.
I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification with Orange Coast College. I also completed a 14 hour trauma informed yoga therapy class with The Prison for Yoga Project. I am in the process of receiving my 85 hour prenatal certification with Ma Yoga.
Each class varies from $20-$25 per person. I will travel at an additional cost.
My first teaching job started at University of California (UCI) where I am currently at now. I will begin teaching classes the 1st week of February in Costa Mesa at Bodywise Fitness.
I've worked with all kinds of students ranging from beginners to experienced. I usually work with young adults, but my passion is for the youth. Specifially, at-risk youth. I enjoy working with seniors too!
I am thrilled to announce that I will be training with The Prison For Yoga Project in San Diego the last weekend of January. I am extending my practice to reach incarcerated youth & pregnant teens.
My advice is to give those a shot until you've found the right one for you! You & your instructor either 'click' or you don't. My advice is to be direct & precise about what you are looking for and explain your needs to your teacher. It must be someone that you have a deeper connection with or at least see the potential in developing.
1. What am I hoping to get out of this experience?
2. How can my teacher better assist me in my Yoga journey?
3. What tools of Yoga will allow me to get the most out of this experiece? (Meditation, movement, etc.)
4. What pain/mental discomforts do I hope to ease?