My journey on the mat began in 2007 with a “2-weeks of yoga for $30” offer at a local studio. Never one to pass up a good deal, my practice took off from there. I went in looking for a fun workout but found I was coming away from classes with so much more. On my mat, I was being asked to appreciate the beauty and capability of my mind, body, and spirit without comparing myself to those around me (not an easy feat as a black woman living in the middle of Hollywood). I was inspired by my favorite teachers and always mused on how cool it would be to teach, but at the time my focus was elsewhere.
Fast forward seven years. After the tumultuous break up of an almost decade long relationship, losing my job, and rebuilding my life on my own, I found my way back to my mat at a new studio. Although I had been away from my yoga practice for a few years, the impression it made on me never faded. My new teachers reignited my passion for yoga and when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to join their teacher training. It was an amazing, life changing experience and was just the beginning of my yoga adventure as not only a student, but also as a teacher. The adventure continues as I work toward certification as a yoga therapist.
The very purpose of yoga is to bring together the mind, body, and spirit. My journey is now informed by my life experiences, my teachers, and especially my students. It is an ongoing discovery and I feel fortunate that through yoga, I can inspire my students to appreciate themselves a little more each time we practice together.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance, having completed my training in 2015 and am currently working toward certifications in Yoga Therapy and Yoga Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Education and Certifications
Yoga Therapy Certification - 2020-2024
Loyola Marymount University
Yoga Philosophy Certificate - 2022
Loyola Marymount University
Yoga -4-All Certification - 2018
Lead by Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes
Restorative and Yin Training - 2017
Black Dog Yoga - Lead by Sigrid Matthews and Dani Robinson
200-Hour Teacher Training - 2015
Jade Apple Yoga - Lead by Trevor Throop
My Practice Philosophy
Our practice on the mat has a profound and insightful effect on our lives off the mat. Breathing in new experiences. Flowing through challenges. Practicing with intention. Finding the joy in all that we do. Yoga gives us the opportunity to focus and grow mentally, spiritually, and physically. If we can find patience and meaning as we breathe through our practice, we can find it anywhere.
I believe in providing a client-focused, compassionate environment that allows healing, collaboration, and healing. The classes and services I offer combine alignment, accessibility, breath, and mental awareness to encourage and empower my students and clients so they can discover their joy in everything that they do.