I began practicing yoga in 2001.I was not sold. I did not care for chanting or the hippy crap I associated with 'yoga,' and was not going to drink the Kool-Aid.
Running, cycling, swimming, snowboarding, surfing (or as I call it, falling) kept me active, but my mind remained distracted and unfocused outside of these activities. I was fully aware of a physical connection with the body to a mental/emotional one, and the focus that the activity brings to this connection, but I was unable to sustain this connection outside of the actual activity.
I had no explanation for this connection, so I went out searching for answers. I followed the traditional western route and turned to science. Combining my curiosity, and compassion for others, wanting to serve humanity, I became a nurse. Although many questions were answered along this path, they mostly lead to more questions.
2008, in a yoga workshop with Kino MacGregor, I was ready to hear some of the answers. Intrigued by the challenge of taking on a daily physical practice to explore the answers within for myself I began practicing Ashtanga Yoga. I made frequent trips to study with Kino in Miami Beach my first two years of practicing, and in 2011 made my first trip to Mysore, India to study with my teachers' teacher, R. Sharath Jois, at the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. I have returned yearly to India studying directly from the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) as he taught it. In 2014 I was asked by Sharath to assist in the shala, and I was blessed with the honor of sharing this lineage with others as an authorized teacher.
My aim as a yoga teacher is to serve the student and facilitate a safe space where they can discover for themselves their own connection between the physical body and mental health.