In 1997, I took my first yoga class at an Ashram in Denton, Texas where I studied Kundalini open eye meditation. Growing up as a dancer, I found that the asana practice took me to my roots. After my first yoga retreat where I learned how to use a neti pot and was introduced to head stands, I began a journey that would include many more retreats.
After a trip to Thailand where I studied Thai Massage, I moved to California in 2004, beginning my full time massage therapy practice. It was this intense physical labor that brought me to yoga three times per week for maintenance as a bodyworker. My love of anatomy as a massage therapy instructor at Everest College gave me the opportunity to marry the world of massage with yoga by teaching my students what I discovered from my own massage therapy practice. While vacationing in Central America, I was invited to teach yoga at La Paz in San Marcos, Guatemala. I knew then it was my next career calling.
In 2009, I found the Cloud Nine Yoga family and dove into the 200 hour teacher training at the Long Beach Branch. I continued training with Cloud Nine and attended the Bali Bliss Intensive teacher training with the intention of being a teacher trainer myself. Since then, I attended every 200 hour teacher training at the Long Beach Branch as an assistant until I found my teaching partner and began teaching at the Lakewood Branch. We moved our training to Free Spirit Yoga in Long Beach in 2013.
Advancing with the Cloud Nine family, I attended the Hawaii Ommersion 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training as an assistant. I was excited to bring the first ADVANCED teacher trainings to Long Beach in 2015.
In 2020, we moved our teacher trainings online. When Free Spirit Yoga closed, I transitioned to a strong yoga chanting practice that has changed everything I thought about what yoga is.
I began to study Jyotisha, Vedic Astrology, and now give readings regularly in between teaching anatomy, coaching and scuba diving.
I am a member of the Restoring Resourcefulness Faculty for the Foundation for Conscious Living and am the Program Director for the Bodywork + Healing Arts Program at Panacea Holistic Institute.