Yoga came into my life when I least expected it. I was invited to try yoga for the first time with a one-month Groupon pass to Gaia. At the time I thought it would be easy for me as I was in my sophomore year of NCAA Division I volleyball at Temple University training 20 hours a week. I showed up to the class not knowing what to expect and left thinking, “why did that burn so much?” After attending a few classes I fell in love with Gaia Flow and the owners Chrystal and Andres. I knew there was something special about this studio by the way I felt welcomed and loved.
My experience at Gaia Flow was the first time I was shown to use exercise to stay healthy and to take care of myself instead of perpetuating the constant battle of competition and comparing. At first, it was foreign to me to come onto my mat and just enjoy myself allowing my breath and body to guide me. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with clarity of mind and sense of openness I found after a practice.
After college I returned home to begin dental school and found yoga to be my retreat and safe haven from the stresses of exams. Through the last four years of this practice I have grown immensely and I have found so much healing both physically from years of wear and tear of sports, and spiritually as I took time to slow down and connect with my higher purpose. I am truly grateful that through this practice I have learned how to better love and care for myself, which in turn has taught me to bring more love and encouragement to those around me.
I entered teacher-training intending on deepening my own understanding of yoga and my practice, but found that I absolutely enjoyed the creative side of designing flows and sharing my passion and testimony of the many benefits I have experienced. Being an instructor has been a fun and humbling experience, and it is a joy to be able to experience the restoration and breakthroughs alongside fellow yogis.
As an instructor I work to emphasize proper technique and sequencing poses into a moving meditation guided by the breath. I hope that each of my fellow yogis leaves feeling full and knowing they are enough. Having a consistent yoga practice has challenged, healed and empowered me to find my own inner strength and beauty. Moving forward I am so excited to continue to grow personally and in my practice for the rest of my years to come.
Peace and Love <3