There are countless benefits to starting a yoga practice, here are 50 of my favorites reasons to practice yoga, but the list can go on and on! Yes, yoga is THAT amazing!
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Presently, I teach yoga classes with The Yoga House Atlanta (my private yoga studio), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Aquila Health, Ltd., ExecuFit and with various LA Fitness locations in Atlanta. I also work with private clients in one-on-one sessions for various issues, such as high blood pressure, stress, sleep deprivation and trauma. I teach over 100 people a week and have logged over 1,000 hours of teaching in the last few years. I work with students from all walks of life and love sharing my yoga practice with people.
Yoga has become an important spiritual and wellness practice in my life. After losing many people I love to various diseases and conditions, I began to make healthy living and holistic wellness one of my top priorities. (Read more about my healthy living journey). I’ve come to understand through my own journey in wellness healthy living isn’t just about keeping your body healthy, but also nurturing and caring for the mind, spirit and emotions. For me, yoga, clean eating, connecting with nature and practicing various healing arts are some of the keys to healthy living in the modern world. Also, my yoga practice is more about living yoga and embracing all the tenets of a yoga practice, which is not limited to yoga asanas (yoga poses).
I am a certified RYT-200 yoga instructor in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. I’ve been teaching yoga the last 6 years. But, I’ve been practicing yoga the last 16 years. My yoga world opened up incredibly when I started pursuing my advanced yoga teacher training with world-renowned yoga instructor, the radiant Shiva Rea in Venice Beach, CA. Over the last few years, I’ve been studying with Shiva Rea and working to complete my 300-hour yoga teacher training certification in Prana Flow Vinyasa.
I am also studying to become a Living Yoga Ayurveda Consultant with Maria Garre of the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. I am so excited for this journey and look forward to working with people interested in learning how to LIVE yoga and integrate this practice into every aspect of their life and through every season of life. The practice of yoga knows no bounds.
Yoga is a philosophy and living practice, which supports me in all of life’s challenges and joys. Yoga provides me with many gifts and insights about the world inside me. Yoga challenges me to reflect on how my actions and service impacts the outer world. I believe in the power of yoga and have seen firsthand the transformations it has given me in every area of my life. Yoga is a practice, which teaches me about cultivating peace, compassion, grace and self-love. No matter if I am on or off the mat, yoga continues to be my safe haven. My passion and love for yoga is one of the many reasons I teach.
My previous jobs and careers have had a yogic influence whether it was in community building and organization, conflict resolution, mediation, social justice or teaching.
I have taught yoga for the last 6 years in Florida, California, Indonesia and presently, Atlanta, GA. I also spent some time studying yoga with a teacher in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. I learned a Balinese style of yoga and love to incorporate those teachings and aesthetics into my yoga classes.
As part of my karma yoga, I completed an 18-hour Yoga Prison Program (YPP) certification with James Fox in Berkeley, California. When I lived in the Fort Lauderdale area, I taught a summer yoga class for teenagers. I have also donated my time to teaching yoga to youth dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues at CETPA in Atlanta. I’ve completed workshops on yoga and trauma with Centering Youth in Atlanta. I continue to learn how to teach yoga as a trauma healing modality for victims and survivors of violence. I truly believe yoga can benefit everyone, so I love sharing this powerful, ancient practice!
Developing a Yoga Practice
My earliest memory of yoga was around 7-years-old. My mother had a small pocket sized book and on the cover was the word “YOGA”, along with a woman wearing a leotard and tights. Upon first glance I thought the book had something to do with ballet, until I opened up the booklet and looked at the photos. I was very curious about the yoga poses and use to try them when my mother used this book to do her “stretching” as she called it.
My next memory of yoga was when my mother and I would watch Wai Lana’s yoga classes every Saturday on PBS. Wai Lana wore these colorful, flowing outfits and she would practice yoga poses against the backdrop of the beautiful nature in Hawaii. These early memories had a huge impact on me, but I never anticipated yoga becoming such an integral part of my life! Those early memories just support my belief that yoga has always been there for me. It is a part of me. I’m absolutely grateful for the gift of yoga, a sacred, beautiful practice, which is absolutely part of my soul’s journey.
Yoga teaches me about listening to my body, developing an awareness of my breath and becoming more conscious of the divine, common thread, which unites all of us. One component of yoga is stretching through asanas (i.e., yoga poses). However, the true, ancient practice of yoga encompasses many different aspects, which are represented on AND off the mat. My yoga practice and teachings stem from Patanjali’s various limbs of yoga, which he has written about in the Yoga Sutras from the yoga poses to meditation, breath work, mantra, positive thinking and service. My classes accommodate everyone from beginners to advanced yogis. I am happy to share my practice with you through online courses, private sessions or group classes.