Now after having done prior preparations through life and other practices, the study and practice of yoga begins. -Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 1.1, Swami Rama Translation
I am a teacher.
I revel in the connection and the reciprocal learning between teacher and student! After graduating with a degree in International Studies of Latin America, I stepped into the classroom at an alternative high school for immigrants and refugees in Portland, OR. This prompted a journey for myself to find more resiliency and authenticity as a teacher. I moved on to spend time teaching at Amani Primary school in Kenya and at the Si, Se Puede Learning Center in California, and while there, realized that I wanted to share yoga.
I am a student.
I have practiced yoga since 2008. Maintaining a student's perspective is what cracks me open to possibility rather than stagnant understanding. I completed my first 200 Hour Yoga Certification in 2011. My personal yoga journey, and the motivation to share yoga with a more diverse population, led me to study Yoga Therapy with Sarahjoy Marsh at the DAYA Foundation. I completed 500 hours of study and I am mentoring under Sarahjoy while working towards the International Association of Yoga Therapists certification of Yoga Therapist. I also completed Prenatal Yoga training with Shana Celnicker-Chong at The Bhaktishop Yoga Center.
Yoga meets us where we are. Inspired by hours spent choreographing dance routines in my bedroom as a child, my vinyasa classes are dynamic, creative and intentional. Equally, I value the importance of providing space for deeper relaxation and awareness through restorative practices. Through teaching I wish to inspire my students to be curious, playful and open to what they discover in their mat practice and life. Whether it's looking for relief from a running injury, dealing with depression and anxiety, or seeking more connection with oneself, yoga provides a unique path for each of us to come to know ourselves truly.
B.A. International Studies of Latin America, Portland State University, 2008
300 Hour IAYT Approved Yoga Therapy Certification, DAYA Foundation, September 2014
Prenatal Yoga Certification, The Bhaktishop Yoga Center, January 2016
CorePower Sculpt Teacher Training, July 2013
CorePower Level 2 Teacher Training, December 2012
200 Hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Certification, CorePower Yoga, April 2012
200 Hour Hot Hatha Yoga Ceritification, CorePower Yoga, November 2011
Street Yoga Trained Teacher, December 2011