Yoga Wouldn't Let Go of Me
Yoga is the one thing I kept coming back to in my search for my "thing" in life. Believe me, I've tried a lot of things but never really stuck with any of them. Ironically, yoga wasn't my passion when I first started practicing twenty years ago. I didn't like it because I wasn't good at it. It wasn't until I went to a yoga retreat at White Lotus Yoga (www.whitelotus.org/) in Santa Barbara, CA that I discovered yoga is so much more than postures and flexibility: it is a way of life. Since then it's been a part of my life coming and going as I needed it. At the age of 52, I decided to become a yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and holistic nutritionist to share the richness of these practices with others.
I teach a flow-style yoga with an emphasis on alignment and self-reflection. Only you know your body and what you're capable of in any given moment. I encourage students to use my instruction as a guide but to really listen to their own bodies and do what works for them. Meditation and pranayama (breath work) are also important parts of yoga I weave into each class.
I have practiced yoga for 20 years and became a certified yoga instructor and holistic nutritionist through the American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA) in September 2019. I am a certified meditation teacher through the Priority Academy, which I earned in October 2019. I earned certification to teach Yoga for Healthy Aging through the 30-hour immersion program offered by Baxter Bell and Melina Meza in January 2020. I am currently completing my Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Teacher Training at Castro Valley Yoga under the direction of April Oquenda and Bridget Galli.