My parents instilled their love of fitness in me at a young age and I discovered my love of yoga in 2004 . It wasn’t until a few years ago, however, that I became really serious about them both.
I was in 2 car accidents that left me unable to work, unable to drive, and for months, unable to put my socks on without lying down first. My physical therapist helped get me out of pain and then started me on a weight training program to get me back to strength. I took to powerlifting like a fish to water. I loved everything about it and feel stronger now than ever before.
My 200-hour yoga teacher training was in Alignment Yoga with a strong focus on studying human anatomy and physiology. We looked at how the body moves naturally and most efficiently. I have also been a practicing massage therapist for 20 years and it is through these deeper understandings of body mechanics that I learned how to move into and teach yoga poses that build strength and stability with less of an emphasis on pure flexibility. “Blessed are the Stiff,” my teacher often said. Too much flexibility can be the cause of more harm than good as the joints can then become vulnerable to injury.
I then discovered Broga®Yoga and I became certified to teach them together. I think people hear the word Broga® and think it’s a joke, that it’s not a serious class. I like that the first impression makes people smile. I love teaching a class where people really get to push themselves to new places and see how much stronger they are than they had thought before, both physically and mentally.
I became certified to teach SUP (Standup Paddleboard) Yoga in fall of 2014, in San Diego, CA, with Paddleboard Bliss and started teaching classes the following summer. SUP Yoga requires an incredible amount of focus and at the same time allows us to be playful and have a whole lot of fun. I find it to be a great approach to yoga as well as life in general.
Few things make me happier than feeling strong, moving my body and inspiring others to do the same. Quiet, inward seeking yoga classes are powerful and useful for many, but that is definitely not what you can expect from my classes. I am serious about fitness but don’t take myself too seriously. If we can work hard together, get a good sweat on and feel vibrant and alive at the end of class while laughing and enjoying ourselves, it’s been a good day indeed. My goal is to be doing this kind of movement, both on land and on the water, for the rest of my life and inspire others to do the same.
May all find Strength to make great choices, Mobility to move with ease, Balance to find peace amid the chaos, and a sense of lightness that enables us to find Joy and Laughter everyday.
Today is a beautiful day.