My Yoga Journey
" True Yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived.”
I began my own personal practice of yoga in 2012 after acquiring a back injury. It wasn't until 2019, after attending a Yoga workshop that introduced me to the Ashtanga 8 Limbs of Yoga that I began my deeper dive into yoga. The title of the workshop was Yoga to relieve anxiety and depression. I was interested in learning more about this in hopes that I could gain more knowledge to support the people I treat in therapy. Little did I know it would change my life forever. I enrolled in the 200 hour Yoga teacher training led by Berta Prevosti, founder of Jiiva Yoga, Meditation and Wellness Center. Just as my training began in January 2020, the world as we know it was interrupted! The Coronavirus Pandemic hit the United States, Racial tension and injustice was put on the forefront, The Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for Racial Justice was a consistent subject matter in every household, workplace, and media outlet, and America's political arena was hostile and hard to trust. The atmosphere, energy and every space available to me became heavy, sad, and overwhelming. Yoga Teacher Training Saved My Life!
I found peace, stillness, kindness, love and healing in that space. I learned to take it with me on and off the mat. I knew after experiencing this life changing training that I had to share it with others. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training and went on to become certified in Chair Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Yin Yoga, Reiki I and Reiki II, Sound Bowl Healing and 100 hour Meditation training. I incorporate mind, body, breath, and spirit into my Yoga practice/classes by including Meditation, Pranayama/breathing exercises, Intention setting, Affirmations, Chakra balancing, and Movement. I invite all people to show up authentically on and off the mat. I am intentional about creating a safe, inviting and inclusive space; lifting up the belief that Yoga, wellness and healing is available to all.