As a child, my mother had tried me in a few different activities, like figure skating, to see what I would like and enjoy. Turns out that figure skating was NOT my thing…ha! She did however notice that I would dance in front of our closet mirrors to Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Paula Abdul all the time and so then thought that dance might be the way to go. Well she was right!! Dancing was my life! I ate, breathed and slept dance. But when I decided to leave it and move on to others avenues and “big girl” adventures I was feeling empty and lost. Because I had been so physically active for so many years and was very competitive I found myself diving all in to gyms, weight training and participating in all fitness and aerobic classes that my gym had to offer. But still something was missing. I searched for many years for what I was passionate about other than dance and always came up with nothing.
Move ahead many moons later to when I met my other half. He kept asking me to go with him to yoga, but not just any yoga, HOT yoga!! I thought he was crazy!! Not just because he was doing something as boring as yoga, but to also be to be doing it in a room that was hot. Who wants to sweat THAT much? I love a good workout and would often gauge how good of a workout I had by how much I sweat but to work out in the heat? Heck no!! Finally, in more of a “ok, I’ll come just to keep you quiet” kind of way I made my way to my first hot yoga class. I panicked a little when I felt the heat and could feel my heart beating just laying on my mat. I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried. But as the class started and I practiced, I fell in love. It was challenging, powerful and liberating. It wasn’t boring at all!! And the heat? Bring. It. On!! At the end of class my heart smiled. From then on I became a yoga junkie. I was hooked to the practice, the heat and the amazing people that are in the yoga community. I was feeling more and more alive the more I practiced. That’s when I knew that I found what was missing and I found my passion.
Yoga has made a very profound impact on my life. More than I ever thought possible. I have grown and will continue to grow into the best possible me. I have learned so much about my body, my mind and my spirit all by practicing on and off my mat. I have been inspired by many teachers and fellow students and so decided that I too wanted to inspire so the next step for me in my yoga path was to teach. I want to bring what yoga has done for me and is continuing to do for me to everyone that I have the privilege to meet. I love connecting with people and teaching allows me to connect with my students on a physical, mental and emotional level. Yoga has set me free and lights me up! So, my mission is to get others to see the light in themselves and to know that there are no limits or boundaries to what they can and will accomplish in life.
~The light inside me acknowledges and respects the light in you ~