As a Dancer of stage, film and television for 15 + yrs. throughout my career I was exposed to Yoga and would practice when I could in between dance jobs. I would also go to the gym and sometimes Pilates to help with body maintenance and injury prevention, but Yoga became where I went to more and more as it wasn’t just about the physical aspect. My spirit and my emotions always experienced something I couldn’t often put into words but knew in my heart it was right!
As I transitioned out of the industry, as a dancer, I still yearned for expansive movement so I continued to go to Yoga. Hatha was my go to for a long while then later trying other forms I fell in love with Bikram. Since 2007 I really became dedicated to practice Yoga regularly in particular Bikram and Hatha (Vinyasa, Power and Meditation).
When I finally left the world of dance and pursued other fields of work Yoga was where I went for mind body alignment. In my transitional journey, I became an Executive Assistant to Neuromuscular Therapist, Ex-Dancer, Barrence Baytos who solely works on professional athletes and Olympic competitors. From runners, to volley ball, baseball, basket ballers and teams, also at times working on dancers and actors. This environment allowed me to see and understand the variety of body types and the functioning of the human mind and body. I learned so much more about anatomy, injury prevention and recovery. Working with Barrence really confirmed the reality of my future in Yoga, my purpose, my passion and drive to teach. Especially in the world of Dance and Athletes and also those new to Yoga. As I continued working with him I was also studying for my Hatha Yoga 200-hr. teaching training at Naam Yoga Santa Monica, Ca and happily graduated in May of 2013. I pursued more training and received my Yoga Sculpt Certification in July 2014 at CorePower Yoga Studio City, Ca and in Oct of 2016 I participated in Tantris Center for Yogic Science, Yoga Immersion where I am also currently a Yoga instructor teaching Tantris Vinyasa/Power Flow.
Long careers in the field of dance and sports the body really gets worn down and a regular Yoga practice can truly be trans-formative. In general Yoga transforms even on unconscious levels. I discovered, post dance career, how much Yoga has really helped my injuries and recovery from them. Has helped my sanity in life as many curve balls have been thrown my way and has also increased my awareness and perception of life in maintaining the most positive outlook and choosing happiness as much as possible.
Yoga not only for me but for others I have witnessed has proven to be life changing physically, mentally and emotionally. It can take you through anything. It keeps you focused, keeps you strong and grows you in so many ways. An amazing recipe for achieving so much for one’s Art or Sport or just your Life. For me… I cannot live without my Faith or my Yoga.
Today I am a better person all around as I continue to learn and grow through Yoga. Being able to share and spread this wealth of knowledge and experience is a dream come true...
I am so extremely happy to be part of the Hot 8 Yoga community and so look forward to the fun, growth and the Yoga love we will all be sharing!