Believe it or not, I used to hate yoga. I couldn't understand why I had to buy expensive yoga pants and contort my body into a pretzel to achieve a state of inner peace. What I didn't realize at the time was that my "idea" of yoga was just a small perception of an ancient healing practice that I didn't yet fully understand.
It wasn't until I met my teacher in the summer of 2014 that I finally experienced "yoga," or union of my mind, body and spirit. Through ancient Himalayan tantric practices such as kriya, pranayama, and meditation, I finally found the peace and inner stillness I longed for.
I traveled to Rishikesh, India to obtained my 200-hr, 300-hr, and Master Level (beyond 500hrs) Sattva Yoga Teacher Certifications with my teacher. Since 2014, I have assisted hundreds of people in their journey to self-realization and inner peace. I am particularly drawn to teaching healing yoga to individuals recovering from addiction, PTSD and criminal pasts, and am active with community-based yoga initiatives for at-risk youth and homeless populations.
I believe suffering begins in our mind. If we devote the time and energy to make peace with our inner critic, heal from our traumas and become a dedicated practitioner of self-love, we can attain the joy, love and peace we all crave - and deserve.