WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED?
I was born in Los Angeles, moved to a little mountain community called Pine Mountain Club until I was 11 and then moved to Corona. I lived in Corona until I met my husband and we moved here, to lovely Ventura.
TELL US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR PERSONAL PRACTICE
Yoga did not come naturally for me. I had taken yoga a few times here and there but I didn’t “love it”. I come from a dance background and as a dancer I was always moving and challenging myself to find new ways to move. To stay and hold and breath was completely foreign to me and my busy mind. But I have learned to “dance” through the holds and make yoga my own personal dance. I began my practice with AIReal Yoga and soon fell in love with a mat practice. It challenges me in new and amazing ways…… And of course a quick Vinyasa flow is my favorite! It’ like dancing!
TELL US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR TEACHING EXPERIENCE
I started as a teacher, teaching dance in 2002. After teaching dance for so many years, I decided to branch out and began teaching Barre classes in 2010. That opened pandoras box of my love for teaching all things mind and body. I became certified as an AIReal Yoga teacher in 2017 and quickly fell in love with yoga. I began a committed self practice and quickly realized that I wanted to go beyond teaching AIReal and begin teaching a mat practice. Of all the disciplines I teach, yoga is truly the practice I want to take deeper. Deeper as a student and deeper as a teacher.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE?
My favorite yoga pose would have to be a two part pose. Part one being Eka Pada Raj Kapotasan, “Pigeon Pose”. Not only do I love this pose because it feels amazing and helps to open my tight hips, I feel like there is always room for refinement and deepening. Part two, when I feel open and fully prepared I love to take this pose one step further into Mermaid Pose. It makes me feel strong and powerful!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE YOGA/SPIRITUALITY/SELF HELP BOOK?
Right now my favorite Yoga book is “Yoga Anatomy” by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews. I am fascinated by the human body and how it functions. I think it is super important to practice with correct alignment and to know what muscles are working in which posture. This books just scratches the surface but it is one that I am currently enjoying going through.
ANY ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS?
As a beginner, take it slow. Practicing yoga is just that, a practice. It’s a practice mentally, spiritually and physically. Unfortunately with the age of social media, Yoga poses are made to look beautiful and easy and when one comes to class as a beginner, they hope to recreate those shapes and poses and many times get discourage when and if it doesn’t happen. As a beginner, enter your first class with an open mind, an open heart, no expectations and most importantly no judgement. Learn to be in the moment and know that your day one practice is just as important as day 365 and beyond!
WHAT DOES “COMMUNITY” MEAN TO YOU?
Community to me means family. Sometimes family is not always family by blood, it is made by those who are there to support you and lift you up during all stages of life. Those who show unconditional love and support without judgment.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT VENTURA?
l love Ventura! The thing I love most is how kind everyone is. How strong the sense of community is. From the first day I moved here to this present time, I am always in awe of how kind and supportive everyone is to each other. Coming from the Orange County area, it truly is a breath of fresh air to be around people who are supportive and lift each other up and will literally give the shirt of their backs for a total stranger.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?
My favorite non-profit organization would have to be Arts Ventura. Coming from the world of dance, I feel it is super important to keep the arts relevant and present in the lives of all. Arts Ventura collaborates with artists to bring music, theater, dance and art to everyone.