I have been instructing movement through disciplines of either gymnastics, dance and yoga for over 27 years now. Wow, that number trips me out. In 2000 I began teaching yoga and became a certified Anusara yoga instructor in 2005. In 2010 I brought fitness training onto my yoga mat and began infusing the two practices, and haven’t looked back since.
Yet even back before all those 20+ years of teaching I grew up as a competitive gymnast and since the age of 9 have been surrounded by high quality instructors, exploring in the art of making awesomeness with our bodies!
At the age of 39 I competed in a bikini body building competition. I could write a whole story on that experience, LOL. Lets just say I learned so much about what “true, radiant fitness” is to me and my heart.
My practices and deepest intention behind my practice has changed and transformed sweetly through out these years. Having a very strong competitive gymnastics background and even competing one year on scholarship in college, I have certainly been fueled with the desire to accomplish big tricks, even if that meant effort my way into them if I needed to.
I’ve lived decades of my life in battle with my body. Throwing up my food was a norm for me for over a decade, and although I loved flipping and dancing, etc. in my body, I spent a long time hating what my body looked like and being really mean to my body verbally, energetically and physically.
That had it’s time and place for me, yet now I am way more concerned with the FEELING of my practice and I use yoga and fitness as gifts to my body. I do find pleasure in expanding my boundaries and love love love challenging my body, yet now it’s with a playful and loving spirit because I 100% believe that as with life, so with fitness, “The magic happens outside of our comfort zone.”
I am so grateful that this practice shows myself to me. How cool is that?! I delight in creating less resistance, more space, less auto-pilot mode, more deliberate expression, less judgement, more freedom. It is one of my biggest joys to share this practice with others, to be in connection with amazing beings and celebrate our infinite potential.
What if I told you you could feel youthful, at any age, in your body? What if this was a FUN component to designing your dream body? What if you could look in the mirror and LOVE what you see looking back at you?
Some yoga teachers from my past include John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Sianna Sherman. I received a 200 hour Diploma in Ayurveda Sciences in 2006. Presently, my most loyal and devoted teacher is my daughter Kaili. I am married to the man of my dreams, we live on our farm on the north shore of Kauai where I have a humble and amazing yurt as my yoga and fitness studio. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming. But then I remember…. I manifested this life! How much more amazing can living this life get?