I have always been a fitness and health advocate, but my yoga journey started in 2012. I started taking yoga classes at LA Fitness, and LOVED the practice, but wanted something a little deeper than what my local gym could offer. In 2014, I transferred from a being an Industrial Engineer in manufacturing to being a Management Engineer in healthcare and moved downtown. I began working downtown and was still seeking a yoga studio, and happened to walk past Gaia Flow Yoga one afternoon. I later took my first class, and have been an avid Gaia Flow member ever since.
During my years of practice, I realized that yoga is so much more than a physical practice; there is a huge spiritual component that is so much more important and fulfilling. It was then that I finally decided to pursue my yoga teacher training certification in order for me to grow my practice, and teach what I love!
Through the years, my faith has grown stronger, and my practice much deeper, and I love to pass my knowledge along to my students. I teach cardio, meditative, gentle and yin style yoga, but most importantly, I listen and watch my students to ensure that they are receiving the most out of my classes. I receive fulfillment in seeing yogis get into poses they thought were not possible, and even when yogis take their time flowing with breath and focusing on their meditative practice as yoga is so much more than just the asanas.
One of the most important disciplines within my personal practice is surrender. Many people surrender to God when life’s challenges become harder and more difficult to bear, surrendering as a last resort rather than as a first resort. Bearing that in mind, surrender can also be applied on the yoga mat. In the yoga practice, the more a student resists, the longer it takes to accomplish the full expression of a pose. If a student begins a practice without setting their intention to that of surrender and God-Awareness, they become easily frustrated when they are unable to accomplish a physical challenge. When a student surrenders into the pose, letting go of resistance and tension, they are able to accomplish more and deepen into the pose and, in the end, deepen their practice. Similarly, when the practice and life grow tough, that’s when we should practice surrendering to God, letting go of tension, worry, and anxiety while finding peace. We are to give our best in every aspect of our life and, then, surrender the rest to Him.
Join me on the mat and let’s deepen our practice!
Love and Blessings,