My yoga journey began in 2011. Upon taking my first yoga class I knew I would be a lifelong yogi. I immediately enrolled in teacher training and received my certification a few months after my first class! I quit my job as an HR Director and began a fast track journey into full-time yogi, teaching several classes a day. It was a very scary transition but my practice allowed me to recognize my fears, overcome them, and empowered me to follow my heart. Yoga has given me the tools to begin unpeeling the layers of subconscious thoughts that do not serve me so that I may embrace life more fully with an abundance of love, compassion, and joy. When we deepen our breath and quiet our mind, we can accept and love ourselves just as we are. The people I cross paths with on a daily basis are the reason I'm on this journey. To be able to share my passion with beautiful souls every day is a dream come true. I am beyond blessed to be a part of this community and I look forward to sharing space with you. Love and blessings!
As the son of a professional athlete, I remained active in competitive and recreational sports throughout most of my life, collecting knowledge of the body in motion (kinesiology/ proprioception). Running, Hiking, Surfing, and Rock Climbing also occupied my time.
The active lifestyle, compassionate nature, and passion for the kitchen (Lead Sushi Chef "RA Sushi") lured me into a career in the wellness field as a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Coach. My fascination with the human form and its stellar potential, accompanied by a philosophical spirit (Native American and Japanese Ancestry) steered me deeper into the Holistic mind/body/spirit realm of Yoga, Meditation, and Massage Therapy.
I have been vigorously trained in the vinyasa stylings of Ashtanga Yoga (Hatha/Raja/Pranayama), Vinyasa, Thai Yoga Massage Therapy, Reiki, Anapanasati & Vippasana Meditation.
It has been an honor traveling the world to countries such as Thailand, Jamaica, and Belize guiding Yoga Retreats and advancing my practice.
It is my life purpose to continue co-creating transformational experiences with you and our community, discovering new bountiful ways to live in-the-now.
"Anyone can fall in love, but it takes courage to stand in love" -Chadd Marcus
Yoga has been a beautiful transformational journey. Through my practice I have gained tools to observe myself more honestly and have formed improved discipline to let go of old thought patterns, habits and emotions that no longer serve my connection to the greatest good.
I was called to serve my community with the founding of YogaBody studios during the summer of 2011. Today, I enjoy teaching weekly classes to an evolving community of amazing human beings from all walks of life. Yoga has taught me that community is no doubt our greatest currency and I stand humbled by the wealth that surrounds me. Please join me in class soon and let's gratefully celebrate our prosperity together.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics, I spun my wheels in corporate America until I rather sanely decided to trade my cubicle for a yoga mat. I took my first yoga teacher training in the Anusara style in 2008, and I’ve been teaching ever since. Along my journey, I’ve become a Certified AIReal YogaTM Instructor and a performance acrobat. I like to think that my classes are playful yet still focused on alignment, proper body mechanics, and making deeper connections, as well as lots of handstand-y postures and cheesy jokes.
I’m a performer at heart and cirque is my passion. I’ve had the opportunity to perform at many venues across southern California, as well as on reality television. If you want to catch me on the small screen, I can be found on Season 2 of truTV’s “Fake Off,” performing alongside members of Astra Dance Theatre while wearing very big hair and gobs of makeup.
I consider yoga to be a central element of my wellbeing. I’ve used my practice to help piece myself back together after a moderate lumbar injury and, in a separate incident, a serious neck fracture. I find yoga to be a multifaceted package of awesome, and I love the opportunity to share the practice’s many benefits with my students, and quite frankly, anyone willing to give me an ear.
When I’m not teaching yoga or performing circus arts on stage, I’m working on my urban farmstead. Together with my husband (acro and life partner), I grow my own veggies, raise livestock, preserves foods, brew kombucha, sew, and make almost every meal mostly from scratch. I am the proud mama of two turkeys, too many chickens to count, 3 pygmy goats, and two very spoiled cats. I may have left college with a mundane bachelor’s degree, but Berkeley, known for its books and Birkenstocks, definitely planted a seed. It just took a few years and a whole lot of yoga to help me discover my inner granola-eating-greens-sprouting-animal-rescuing-organics-promoting-asana-practicing-tree-hugging-hippie.
Level: All Levels (beginner friendly)
Duration: 60 minutes
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