1. Tell me about your personal journey with yoga. Why is it important to you?
Yoga saved my life. Back in 2015, I literally had lost everything and rebuilt my life from the yoga mat up. Prior to 2015, I was in the corporate world and got caught up in accumulating stuff, external things I thought would bring me happiness and defined success, and my ego was running the show. I didn’t have the resources or tools to deal with adversity and handle life’s challenges when things got difficult and I resorted to alcohol and drugs. My downward spiral started around 2012 and by 2015 I had lost everything – The house, car, wife, corporate job, etc. So my family did an intervention and, by the Grace of God, and thanks to the love of family, they saved my life and got me the help I needed.
2. When did you first begin teaching yoga? What made you transition into a leadership position?
I began in February of 2016. I saw first-hand the impact yoga had on transforming my life and I felt called to share my love and passion for yoga with others. And I wanted to leverage the opportunity to share my story and try to inspire hope for others who are battling their own challenges to show it’s possible to go from the darkness into the light. And show there is a better way and people who can help.
3. What makes your classes unique?
I am vulnerable and give ALL of myself. I share my truth. My students know all about my personal journey and I create the space for others to do the same. I create a safe environment for people of all walks of life to come together and let down their walls and be themselves. We laugh, we cry, and I make sure everyone knows they’re not alone and we’re all in this together. One Love. One Community.
4. How does music benefit your guidance in a yoga class?
It turns a good class into a great class.
5. Tell me about your next event and where we can follow you online.
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