It was on the mat where I finally met myself. I landed there after my life spiraled into something I could no longer sustain mentally or physically. As a marketing executive for (ironically) major health and fitness companies, I was living a high stress life, working crazy hours, and was devoted to all the wrong things. I was constantly anxious and depressed, and felt so unhealthy. When I sought help from my doctor, I was told I could either begin taking anti-depressants or try yoga.
A week later I went to my first yoga class, and it ROCKED. MY. WORLD. It changed everything. On the mat, I came face-to-face with all the things that were not serving me. I felt a huge, emotional release, and saw that I had a positive path forward through yoga. As I continued to practice, my mind and body underwent an incredible transformation, and I soon realized that I wanted to share this with others.
I began my teacher training in 2010 and started teaching yoga full time in September, 2011. I said goodbye to the corporate world and never looked back. In addition to yoga, I immersed myself in meditation and became dedicated to deepening my spiritual practices, most recently completing Gabrielle Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie Level 1 Masterclass.
My greatest joy is spreading this passion to as many people as possible and helping others live their lives authentically through my classes, speaking engagements, philantrohopic events, social media, my website, and soon through my first book.
When you step onto the mat, drop any judgement you have of yourself , the stage you are in, your physical abilities, etc. Follow your intuition and focus on what feels good in your body. Let go of perfection. Continue to practice even if you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing and don’t understand it at all. The more you practice the more you will be able to understand what feels good. Incorporate this mindset into your daily life, do what feels right. You got this!!!
I am a certified E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher continuing my studies in an additional 300-hour training program. For locals in South Florida, I teach all-levels Vinyasa classes at Yoga Journey and am an Artist in Residence at the Boca Resort & Club. I am also the yoga teacher for the FAU Football and Cross Country teams, and Lynn University Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams. I frequently lead sessions at community and corporate events with Bloomingdale’s, lululemon, Raw Juce and others.
“We are often so wrapped up in one way of thinking that we don’t have the freedom to see ourselves any other way. Developing the ability to use your own insight to step outside of your experience is the gift of perspective.” – Hilaria Baldwin
The beauty of retreats and workshops is they allow us to view ourselves and our personal and professional lives outside of our usual context, and provide the opportunity to more objectively evaluate what truly matters. Whether it’s for a week or just a day, taking time for ourselves in this way can have profoundly positive benefits. I’ve been privileged to lead retreats and workshops here in the U.S. and in the Bahamas, where we incorporate yoga, meditation, journaling, mindfulness practices and more. Please check the home page of my website for upcoming opportunities.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
When I was working in the corporate world I was always stressed out, and thought that it was completely normal. I was an overachiever, traveling from state to state, and always thrived on a fast pace. Being in that constant flight mode and never shutting down finally caught up with me and started to affect my health big time. I never knew there were ways to handle stress. And, I really didn’t have time because I literally was “switched on” 24/7. I so understand the executive mindset. My corporate wellness program helps participants develop healthy patterns for the mind to reduce stress and anxiety, so they can feel more balanced and centered. I provide tools to clear out the “tabs” that are always open, and to manage stress so it’s not so toxic to the mind and body.