1. Tell me about your personal journey with yoga. Why is it important to you?
I started teaching in 2008 after teacher training at CorePower in Huntington Beach, California.
In September 2009 we moved to Okinawa, Japan and I began teaching 8 classes a week. I started a prenatal teacher training there and started teaching pregnant women when I was 17 weeks pregnant. I taught in Okinawa to our wonderful Military personnel and families for 3 years. Having this opportunity to teach in another country and meet so many people really helped me grow into the instructor I am today. I received a lot of positive feedback and grew the classes and established a pretty good following.
We moved from Okinawa in 2012 where we ended up in Temecula. This is where the most growth happened, the beginning of the journey I am currently on.
I began working at Hot Yoga Healthy You And was given so much feedback which allowed me to grow and find my true teaching style.
In 2015 I coached my first teacher training then led 7 more!
This journey has shown me how strong community is and how being true to who you are is a necessity when teaching.
I have the most profound memory of one of my last classes taught at HYHY. I offered each student a heart shaped piece of paper and asked them to take it in with them and write a super power they wish they had then tape it anywhere in the room they wanted.
This class had 25-30 student so I expected heart shaped papers to be taped all over the mirror of our giant space. To my surprise, I walked in to see all the papers taped next to one another to the right of my mat. This is a community of individuals that come to class. They are so connected they chose to keep their hearts together. What a beautiful thing we have to offer to this world, and what a beautiful thing this community of students, clients, yogis have to offer to us.
It’s moments like this, moments when someone shares how we, as yoga instructors, helped them through the roughest times of their lives, in these moments that we know we are doing what is needed to raise the vibration of the planet.
2. When did you first begin teaching yoga? What made you transition into a leadership position?
Being given the opportunity to write lectures for a teacher training program that changed the lives of people from 7 different trainings and still having these connections today is what keeps me going.
I am in a city where the majority of the instructors were trained by me or went through our training to gain more knowledge. All the gyms and almost all the studios have at least one teacher trained with me. That’s huge and makes me feel like I’m doing what needs to be done. I’m in the right position and helping people turn on that internally light of spirituality.
These reasons, from the beginning to now, are why I chose to remain in a leadership role to train and teach.
3. What makes your classes unique?
My class is a spiritual journey. I am very clear and direct in cueing and like to give little bits of knowledge about the body.
I play the edge between spirituality and science, bringing both together by breaking down beliefs and showing similarities between the two.
4. How does music benefit your guidance in a yoga class?
Music, to me, plays a major part in a yoga journey. Just as words, when cueing or teaching, hold a vibration so does music.
We were taught and I still teach to avoid using passive language and saying sorry when saying the wrong thing. Saying ‘sorry’ holds a vibration that is received and the general response is sympathy or empathy. If something as simple as the word sorry can change the vibration of a class then music has a HUGE role.
The amazing thing about music is people can totally tune it out but it can still have an affect on the body. 50 people can be in a room for a sound bath and they can all have different experiences. This is profound! We have the ability to make people work harder in challenging series of our yoga sequence just by playing an upbeat song with a faster beat. When the less soothing song is played in savasana for example, a more popular song, one may begin to sing the words in their head or move around with the beat. The type of music played in a class can change the entire clientele. It’s amazing what music can do and how unaware people can be at times in how it changes their mood and attitude.
5. Tell me about your next event and where we can follow you online.
I’m starting a YouTube channel under YogaLoveOm! Also, I’m teaching private and group lessons at Old Town Yoga Temecula.
AND I have a super secret something in the works so be on the lookout in the Temecula/Murietta area!
Instagram is where I post events. Teacher Training coming up in the next couple months in a beautiful new space.
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