I am a former competitive gymnast of 15 years, retired collegiate pole vaulter at Washington State University, former Division I pole vault coach at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and a personal conditioning trainer.
I enjoy spending most of my time barefoot in nature. I am curious about everything and love to learn, particularly when it comes to my passion for studying primates, insects, and biodiversity. I believe that protecting the Earth and the life living on this planet is everyone’s responsibility and that respecting Mother Nature is the ultimate sign of respect for our fellow human beings. When I am not outside, you can find me on the dance floor! I spend much of my free time ballroom dancing. I especially love the waltz, bachata, and salsa! I also love to travel and have a great appreciation for cultural diversity.
I am an admitted former disbeliever in yoga. I perceived yoga to be an expensive fad that just taught people how to stretch or to simply learn a pose or two for social media. After a spontaneous Vipassana meditation experience in Thailand, I was unexpectedly led to Rishikesh, India to study yoga. Here, my attitude towards the practice took a complete 360-degree turn.
Yoga is much more than stretching; it is a lifestyle, not just an exercise program. It brings focus to the breath, develops cleansing techniques, inspires deeper meditation, and promotes longevity of health late into life. It is about finding balance and developing strength in your mind, in your body, and in your soul. Most importantly, practicing yoga allows us to discover that our thoughts that convince us that we cannot do something are simply not true and can be overcome. It teaches us to disregard labels or expectations that tell us where or how we “should be.” Free from judgement, yoga allows us moments in the day where we may dedicate to bettering ourselves. To me, yoga is a legitimate form of healthcare that you have the control over. The greatest investment in yourself is an investment in your wellness. As an investment in wellness, yoga is the ultimate expression of self-love.
Whether you are excited about it, or remain skeptical as I was, come give yoga a try and see how it makes you feel! Consistency will be key, but I will be here with you to help keep yourself accountable to your practice and accountable to dedicating time to yourself, remembering that you cannot pour from an empty cup. I look forward to meeting you all! Namaste.