I am a traveling yoga instructor and practitioner from California. While I study all forms of yoga, my journey began with Bikram Yoga in 2011.
I have been involved in athletics since a young age, but there was a period in my life where I was not active or taking care of my health. During 2009 and 2010 I developed severe issues with sciatic and low back pain. I was twenty years old and barely able to walk without pain. No amount of doctor visits or pain medications helped and I was beginning to accept that for the rest of my life I would be in pain. I was desperate and decided to Google yoga in my hometown. There was a Bikram Yoga studio only five minutes from my house. Looking back at it now it feels like it was all meant to be.
Bikram Yoga helped give me my life back. During my two years of pain, I realized how much I took my body for granted. It was quite an experience being unable to handle simple daily tasks without pain. I don't have any fear that I will be unable to keep up with my friends and family during any get-together now. No longer do I worry about my first movement in the morning being a painful one. I am able to enjoy all the activities that I love! I want all my students to be free of their pain.
Practicing Yoga became a big part of my life and in Fall of 2012 I decided to take the next step on my journey and attend the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. I was Valedictorian of my class of over four hundred and fifty students. Upon graduation I immediately began teaching at my home studio in Stockton, Ca. Aside from teaching, I began training for and taking part in Yoga competitions. In 2013 I was the California Yoga Champion and placed in the top ten nationally. Training began to cause minor aches and pains though and some balancing was needed. In 2014 I added Yin Yoga to my practice and fell in love! Shortly after I began teaching Yin and I share this practice wherever I go.
A firm believer in a disciplined practice, I emphasize breath, stillness, and attention to form over depth.