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I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, and have been practicing yoga since I was four. I truly found my appreciation for yoga after I moved to the Lake Tahoe area, and broke my arm, literally in half, snowboarding.
I was told that even after my multiple surgeries my arm would never work the same, but I was determined to spend my free time living an active lifestyle (snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, playing tennis, golfing, horseback riding, etc.).
In less than a year, my arm was back to 100%, even with two of the thirteen screws broken. I believe that focusing on my yoga was key to regaining the health of my mind and body.
My mom has been practicing yoga since before I was born and became a yoga teacher when I was four.
She completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Mount Madonna before Yoga Alliance was established.
My mom had the privilege of having surf legend Jack O’ Neill as a student in her yoga classes while she was volunteer teaching at Pacific Cultural Center, also known as the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, located in our hometown of Santa Cruz.
I followed in my mom's footsteps, and became a Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. I teach at my local yoga studio, Main Street Yoga.
Yoga has aided in the recovery of my additional snowboarding injuries. Over the years, these include a broken fibula (outside leg bone), broken rib, lacerated spleen and liver.
I still snowboard every chance I get. The freedom of knowing that nature is in control, and the experience of being judged on ability instead of appearance.
Enjoying people’s energy without the need to speak is part of the reason I find practicing yoga peaceful.
It teaches me that I don’t need to say every thought that pops into my mind.
Remaining silent during my practice is key for calming my thoughts.
Stillness has always been a challenge for me.
Holding the poses for 30 seconds is a compromise to being still because I am still engaging my muscles.
Over the years, I have grown to surrender to stillness and relaxation with yin yoga.
Music teaches me to listen without interrupting.
The lyrics allow me to hear things from another perspective.
I respect artists willing to create and share their private thoughts.