After graduating college from the University of San Diego, I moved to San Francisco where I had a job working in the financial district. My life consisted of long days where I often worked the weekends. It was shortly after moving to SF that I realized the lifestyle I was living wasn’t for me, so I quit and became a nanny. After living in San Fransisco for about a year, I decided that my true calling was yoga. And if I was honest with myself, my true calling had always been yoga. So, I moved back to San Diego and decided to pursue a career teaching what I have always loved most of all.
I originally found yoga in college when I was stressed and taking too many classes. After my first class in 2007, I walked out feeling more like myself. I felt calm, peaceful and accepting of the present. From that moment on I knew that yoga would be a focal point in my life. It has been such a gift to practice, and one that I am honored to share as a yoga teacher.
Since yoga has taken center stage in my life, I have invited both the philosophical and spiritual aspects of it into practice. As a result, I have become more patient —with myself and others and more accepting. I feel very lucky to have found yoga, and very fortunate to be able to teach and share it. If there is one area in my life that I have grown the most recently, it is as a yoga teacher and yoga student.
Besides teaching yoga, I also have a lecture class at the University of San Diego. I teach a class called, The Practice of Mindful Happiness. The lecture class came about after I received my 500 hour YTT in Costa Rica with Awakened life School of Yoga. I was inspired to grow and figure myself out —from the inside out. I chose Awakened Life specifically for that reason. When I got back from the 5 week trip, I started writing. Shortly thereafter, I realized I had enough material for a book. After talking to my bosses at USD, they offered me a lecture class for students to take for-credit and then I published my book to go along with the course. It fell into place so naturally and with such ease that I knew in my heart the lecture class was “meant to be.”
Meditation is yet another aspect of yoga that I have come to appreciate more than anything. Meditation is my medication, and I take it almost everyday. I meditate to feel grounded and to find a centeredness that allows for me to be both strong and present, even when it can be hard to be that. I teach meditation twice a week at USD, and have occasional meditation workshops too. I love teaching and listening to guided meditations. Primarily, I practice both Vipassana meditation and Shamatha meditation.
Outside of yoga and meditation, one of my biggest passions in life is writing and reading. I have this strange fantasy of being a recluse who stays inside all day and night meditating, writing, reading and doing yoga. As an introvert, it feels natural to fantasize like that, but I love being around family/friends and enjoy teaching too much to ever be a hermit. Writing helps me reset, it helps me realize my heart and allows for me to find my true voice. I have written for a couple magazines and I have a book, but I know this is just the beginning.
I am looking forward to where this journey will take me, both professionally, personally and spiritually. I truly believe that the best things in life take an investment of heart, and more than anything I have become very open to investing my heart in passions and people. I am excited to experience these investments manifest fully.