My goal is to share what I have learned about the powerful benefits of the healing arts through yoga, travel, Ayurveda, energy bodywork, spirituality and clean eating. Every week, I am honored and grateful to touch the lives of over 100 people in the Atlanta area through my yoga classes.
I know how much yoga has impacted me over the last 15 years helping me through all areas of my life from lowering stress, working through forgiveness, dealing with grief, losing weight, following my heart, developing my intuition, minimizing pain, keeping a consistent spiritual practice, healing relationships and creating a healthy lifestyle and positive relationship with my body, mind and spirit.
It was a bold and courageous move for me to switch from my first careers in law, politics and business into the healing arts. But, after I started teaching Hatha Yoga in 2009, I witnessed firsthand the impact yoga, meditation and energy work had on my life and my client’s lives, which ultimately inspired me to change the direction of not only my lifestyle, but my career as well.
I am studying Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea, one of the top yoga teachers in the world! I am completing my advanced Vinyasa 300-hour yoga teacher training certification with Shiva Rea. The last few years, I have studied with Shiva Rea in Venice Beach, California; through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts; in Kerala, India and through Shiva’s Samudra School of Global Living. I am also a student of Kalaripayattu, a south Indian martial art.
Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga is the perfect compliment to my traditional Hatha yoga practice and teaching style. I love merging the simplicity of Hatha yoga with the fluid, unique movements and energetic alignments of Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga.
It was through my love for Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga and my quest to stay in connection with nature, which led me to study Ayurveda the science of yoga. I am completing my Ayurvedic Consultations certification with world-renowned yoga and Ayurveda teacher, Maria Garre of Living Bhakti and the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. I will begin to offer Ayurveda consultations in 2016.
One of the most pleasant surprises I’ve experienced on my path in the healing arts is my love for energy work through massage and various relaxation techniques, such as Ayurvedic Marma Treatments. However, I became interested in energy bodywork when I completed my Thai Yoga Massage Bodyworks certification with Michael Sitzer. Presently, I offer Thai Yoga Bodyworks sessions to clients in the Atlanta area and also use some of those techniques in my yoga classes.
I first completed my 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training certification in 2009 at Vastu School of Yoga with my teachers Lal Maharaj and Lorrie Conglose who introduced me to Sivananda yoga.
My yoga and healing arts education and teaching styles, philosophies and practices are attributed to the following lineages:
- Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, as I study Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea.
- Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati, as I studied Hatha and Sivananda yoga with Vastu School of Yoga.
- Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, founder of Thai Yoga Massage; Ananda Apfelbaum and Pichest Boonthamme, teachers of my Thai Yoga Massage teacher, Michael Sitzer.
- Dr. Vasant Lad, as I study Ayurveda with Maria Garre
- Doreen Virtue, PhD, Angel Therapy and Angel Healing
- And lastly, through my own personal yoga practice and everlasting spiritual journey and study.
Music, nature, crystals, aromatherapy, world travel, Sanskrit, color, spiritual activism, Amma, love, joy, animals, laughter, family, friends, adventure are ALL my spiritual teachers and continue to inspire my life path in the healing arts.
I have been blessed with an adventurous spirit, which led me to various opportunities to travel the world. My wanderlust has led me to visit South Africa, Brazil, China, Mexico, India, parts of SE Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan) and Western Europe (France, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Germany).
I also had the good fortune to have the experience of living outside the U.S., briefly in Indonesia where I studied yoga in Bali and taught English in Jakarta; and when I took summer school courses during law school at the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa and University College London in England.
What I like to call “my other life” (before teaching yoga) involved me working on staff of President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. I was also one of the regional directors in Florida for his political organization organizing communities and lobbying Congress to create health care reform in the U.S. It was during this time where I became more familiar with how important it was to develop a self care practice and balance work-life obligations.
During those years, I spoke with thousands of people as a community organizer and advocate listening to Americans’ health care concerns, health triumphs, health tragedies and details about health insurance costs. It was an eye-opening and humbling experience. I was inspired to learn more about alternative healing modalities, holistic health and the importance of being proactive in living a healthy lifestyle. You can read more about my health and wellness journey here.
During “my other life,” I also worked in conflict resolutions and mediation. After graduating from law school in Chicago, I worked for a small international business and trade company in Illinois. I took my passion for human rights and civil rights to make a difference in the world by working with various not for profits in addressing housing discrimination, employment discrimination, the abolition of the death penalty, prison reform and bringing awareness to human rights issues in Chicago, Columbia and the Sudan.
I expanded my awareness, became more compassionate and motivated to do something positive with my life after interacting with people from different cultures and seeing how the rest of the world was living. I let go of some of my previous career ambitions and goals in law, politics and business to choose a path and lifestyle, which would contribute to bringing more harmony and peace to our planet.
Previously, I thought being a change agent would come through working in law and politics. But, after awhile, I knew in my heart and through my own experiences, my path was headed in a different direction, so instead of fighting it any longer, I embraced my dharma as a teacher in the healing arts.
I believe true, everlasting, positive change and liberation starts in the heart and in the subtle bodies, then radiates out to the physical body and eventually to the rest of the world. My mission is to spread my light through promoting the healing arts and helping people choose healthy ways to live a happy, whole and inspiring life!
My prayer is for everyone to embrace their life’s purpose, be who they came to be and help raise the consciousness of the planet, one person at a time. I have learned when we are happy and whole; we are in a better position to help and serve others.