WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in Los Angeles , Ca and raised in Oxnard
TELL US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR PERSONAL PRACTICE
My personal practice began after the birth of my first child and I was looking to help get those last baby weight pounds off that running and swimming and the gym hadn’t done for me. I began practicing bikram yoga and instantly fell in love, it was not easy, it required so much mental strength and physical all things I needed a lot of work on. I found myself challenging myself in every way possible and leaving feeling amazing. From there I branched off to learn many other forms of yoga, one being Vinyasa Flow, that I would practice at home because as full time mom it is not always easy to find time to get in a studio and practice. My personal practice began as physical and quickly became emotional and spiritual too. Learning to be stronger in every one of these ways and finding time to move no matter where I am. Both my kids practice with me too. I love it.
TELL US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR TEACHING EXPERIENCE
I began teaching in May of 2016, immediately after graduating my teacher training for 200YTT. I have experience teaching Vinyasa flow all levels from power flow to beginner slow flows, Bikram method, yin, restorative, guided meditations, prenatal,postnatal, family, mommy & me and kids yoga
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?
It is hard to pick a pose but I guess Ustrasana/ camel pose would be my pick. It was an asana I was so afraid to do because it evoked so many “feelings” inside me until I realized those feelings needed to come out, it was part of the healing process of pain stuffed deep down inside of me. It also brings up such feelings of bliss and love now that the pain is healed that I do it almost every day, and I bring it to classes I teach also. so much benefit.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA/SPIRITUALITY/SELF HELP BOOK?
This is a tough one for me and I have many. The yoga sutras is a very life changing pivotal book for me in the start of my practice. SO many important ways of being taught in here, not always the easiest read but always special to me. Another one I would have to pick is Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates, I love to be inspired by these passages and in turn inspire my students with the same passages.
ANY ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS?
To keep showing us, especially on the days when it feels the hardest to be there, especially when life is most chaotic and busy. To keep trying and not to set timeline goals, just set goals and follow the journey that will be ever changing. Yoga is not easy, because it isn’t just about learning a posture, it is about learning a new way of living and breathing.
WHAT DOES “COMMUNITY” MEAN TO YOU?
Community means uniting and coming together for the greater good. A place where we can all be there to help and support in the good and the bad times. Where we lift each other up and never leave someone behind. Joining in love and laughter and tears and sweat while creating something much bigger than just ourself. Community is acceptance and growth for all of us. Sharing in the movement with everyone.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT VENTURA?
Besides the beach and the weather it would be the people. Such a special gem Ventura truly is. People here are so loving and understanding of this life, they are looking for the community and they are supportive in each and every way they can be. The amazing weather and the ocean only amplifies this greatness.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?
RAKlife, the first time i heard about them I was in complete awe. They are truly helping their community and making a difference in so many peoples’ lives.