With over 15 years of experience as an educator and practitioner of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Hatha yoga, I am a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher of Vinyasa and incredibly passionate about sharing yoga, mindfulness, and wellbeing with others. My focus lies in creating a kind space for students to work their bodies and relax their minds, with an emphasis on proper alignment, personalized instruction, self-compassion, and mindfulness. My passion for uplifting people developed from a career at the San Diego Zoo, where I worked with rural communities in Latin America, in support of wildlife conservation. There, I developed programs to facilitate sustainable and mindful behavioral change. This led me to see that humans are deeply interwoven with this planet. This love of supporting humanity and nature has encouraged me to become a fast learner, a compassionate facilitator, an innovative problem solver, and increasingly sympathetic towards alternative contexts.
I currently live in San Diego, CA and am excited to get fit with you! I have taught group fitness classes regularly when I resided in Colorado Springs, CO. As a military spouse it is hard to settle in one place, but I have found that the fitness community is one that always feels like family no matter where you are. I love being able to motivate and empower people through fitness and dance, and I most especially love being able to build a family with my class members. It doesn't matter whether you have walked into class for the first time or the 50th time...I am there for you, and I want you to walk away with a great workout and a huge smile on your face!
I was born in Asia, at the feet of Tien Shan Mountains but study in Europe, and return to Asia from time to time as it is my home. I have been a certified Yoga and Reiki teacher while living and teaching in USA for the past twenty years. I am also a poet and artist, making short films-poetry to aid visually meditation and relaxation.
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Over past 8 years I have had the opportunity and a privilege to call myself a world traveler. I have lived in 3 different continents, and 5 different countries. Yoga was, is, and will be the most precious life and travel companion. I discovered yoga almost 8 years ago while volunteering in India. It was a magical and spiritual way to see power of yoga – the ability to build relationship between the body, the mind and the breath that leads to sustained happiness. My yoga teaching is based on asana, pranayama practice, and meditation. I specialize in hatha yoga, yoga nidra guided meditation and mandala coloring meditation.
I have been a health & fitness professional for over 34 years. As an experienced fitness, Zumba and yoga instructor, I have taught classes for the healthcare industry and gyms in San Diego.
My love for yoga began at age 12 when my father introduced me to the practice of trancendental meditation & healing hatha, which had been passed on to him by the Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi. A knee injury gave me the opportunity to rethink my overall lifestyle & fitness routine & led me to deepen my practice of yoga.
Yoga teacher training impacted my yoga teachings and practice. My life experiences and the stars aligned to find my dharma, my life's purpose. Fate led her, along with her husband, Chris, to open the first yoga center in National City, California. Our hearts, minds & spirits sustain this sanctuary and we are honored to be able to serve and connect with every yogi, facilitate their paths to self-knowledge, and invite them to a state of sustained bliss and joy.
All of my diverse backgrounds inform my practice. Having joined the army at the age of 18, I was exposed to many different people and backgrounds. Some of those exposures led to my love of philosophy (eastern and western), Indian culture, and working in the medical field. After the Army, I moved back to San Diego and continued working in the operating room, where I gained a deep understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Being in health care drove me to take care of myself so I could help others. That is where I found yoga. It opened the doors to so much more of a heart driven life. Soon, I was coaching track and field (pole vaulting) and resumed my training in Japanese martial arts.
It was very easy after to ten years of my own yoga practice to step on the other side and become a yoga teacher. My style is a fun, practical, down to earth, approach that will always challenge and inspire growth.
I began formal movement training with competitive team sports in grade school and high school. After several years of a sedentary lifestyle, albeit traveling all over, I began mindful movement again as an adult. In 2012, I began my journey into yoga and competitive dance and aerial arts. I am an animal lover, a slow eater, and a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
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