Yoga is a lifestyle choice, a way of living, and a continuous practice. It is the path that extends its heart to everyone and to everything. Yoga does not negate what is “right”, what is “wrong”. Yoga is the art of acceptance.
Exploring and sharing this lifestyle practice, Yoga, I feel is part of why I am here, an expression of how I can contribute, and how I can start to help and encourage changes. For me, teaching is being a guide, a stepping block to help others find their own Yoga practice. There is no “one way”, in yoga. Our beliefs that reside from our roots, plant seeds of intent. Our intentions, their vibrations, ripples of effects. Practice from the internal, observe the fluctuations of time, with all hues of a sensations, and their underlying dimensions. It always must start and come from within. OM
I love sharing. I love coming together as beings, as a community, learning, growing, evolving. My dream is to one day create a space in where we can practice, this life, together. In the meantime, here are some Yogic ideas that I live and practice by daily…
“Yoga and Ayurveda emphasize the development of sattva. In yoga, sattva is the higher quality that allows spiritual growth to occur . In Ayurveda, sattva is the state of balance that makes healing happen.”
— Yoga & Ayurveda, David Frawley
The term tantra is a combination of two roots: tan (to loom, warp, or do something in precise detail) and tra (to protect).
“Emptiness is not the negation or elimination of a sense of self but actually the state of being in one’s true nature.”
— The Inner tradition of yoga, Michael Stone
YAMAS (external restraints)
The clarification of one’s relationship to the world of people and objects. There are five practices associated with this limb: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, Aparigraha.
As a teacher
My intention is for students to dig deeper within their practice, at their own pace, acknowledging their own limitations and boundaries but without attachment and judgment, whether it’s within asana, pranayama, and/or meditation. I believe we all have the capability to evolve and to grow in so many different ways and forms, off and on the mat. With practice, we start to free ourselves from what we no longer need; to find space to expand our hearts and ideas in order to accept, to love, to live peacefully and harmonically. This must always come from within first, and that in itself is a continuous path of learning lessons.
I teach from the heart with intuition. I direct my energy into what I see and feel is right for each class and for every individual. I continue with my education to gain knowledge and experience to tap deeper within my abilities, as a teacher, a healer, a guide, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and a wife.
I had found my personal practice in Hatha Yoga in 2004. In 2008 I was introduced to the original hot yoga practice, Bikram Yoga. It wasn't until 2013 that I embarked on my career as a yoga teacher. In Spring of 2013, I attended the certified Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, Ca. In Winter of 2017, I completed my RYT 200, and I recently received my RYT 500 at the end of April, 2019— both through the credentials that Yoga Tree San Francisco offers. This included a 100 hour advance training in Therapeutic Yoga under the respected Yoga teacher and Physical Therapist Harvey Deutch. Throughout my Yoga journey, I have had the privilege to work and learn from many wonderful and insightful yoga teachers in the bay area— Darren Main, Brenna Geehan, Jean Mazzei, Janet Stone, Pete Guinosso, Michele Vennard, and Cynthia Wehr, to name a few.
I am currently located in the East Bay, teaching public classes at multiple studios, as well as working with individuals one-on-one, small group settings, building workshops, and helping with future retreats.