Eventually, teaching found me by “accident”. I attended my regular Ashtanga Yoga class, and there was no instructor to lead. With a bit of encouragement from my fellow yoga peers, I stepped in. Though nervous during this experience, the charge I felt from sharing my practice with others was huge. My teaching journey continued on… I began teaching yoga in 1999, to a small intimate group of yogis. In 2001, my formal training began at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle under Anne Phyfe Palmer and Melina Meza. These amazingly inspirational women were and still are individuals whom I look up to as they hold a level of integrity for themselves, the ancient teachings of yoga as well as other disciplines that inform their expertise. I later began to explore Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and obtained my Levels 1 and 2 certifications. I taught and practiced this style for many years in my early 20’s and became hungry for more. I was seeking more than just asana, but that said, what I was doing then, was perfect for where I was at in my life.
Years later and still seeking a teacher, I meet my now dear friend, Bryan Kest, founder of Power Yoga. Bryan is one of the only people in my life who demonstrates integrity, perserverence, and fully embodies the spirit of yoga. He has been a pivotal mentor in my life and the biggest lesson I take from him is to be myself and everything will find its place.
I am a passionate spiritual activist, so as destiny would present itself, I discovered Off The Mat and Into The World Leadership Training, created by visionaries, Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling. I’ve completed two OTM Leadership courses in Miami and Minneapolis as well as the Global Action Summit at Squaw Valley.
I have found my teacher in Yoga Rupa (Rod Stryker), dounder of the ParaYoga tradition- direct tantric lineage from Swami Rama as well as Yoga Rupa’s Teacher, Pandjit Rajmani, founder of the Himalayan Institute.
In addition to my yoga certifications, I have completed Landmark I, Advanced Landmark Education, Igolu Leadership training under the fabulous, Suzanne Conrad. I am also a certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Science Research Foundation.
I am the Director and Lead Trainer of the Sama Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training Program and mentorship program. My dharma is serving community and using my voice to advocate for causes that I not only love, but also extend my yogic ‘learnings’ into other organizations.