How I went from yoga hobbyist to industry leader from one day to the next.
The first time I tried yoga, I thought I was going to die.
The room was heated to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, the lights were overly bright, and we were crammed into the room like sardines.
After just a couple of neck stretches and deep breaths, I was seeing stars and black spots in my vision and knew I was going to pass out any minute. I managed to get out of the room about 2 seconds before hitting the deck, and immediately decided that yoga isn’t for me.
It was not love at first sight for yoga and me...
The second time I tried yoga, I thought my mom was going to die. She had just undergone a big surgery and asked me to go to yoga with her at her cancer hospital in Texas.
When we walked in, the room was cool, the lights were low, and there was plenty of space. We laid down on the floor, covered in blankets and propped up with bolsters, and breathed. In the second class, we did some chair yoga and in the third we meditated most of the time.
The yoga sessions worked miracles. It was one hour of peace and calm amidst 23 other hours of stress and uncertainty. This gentle, therapeutic yoga seemed to have completely changed my body and brain chemistry.
Three months later, I went back home a completely different person, and with a positive outlook on life.
Back home, I started practicing religiously
At first, I stumbled into the Yin classes of a friend of a friend. When three Yin practices per week weren’t enough anymore, I discovered Hatha Yoga and was completely blown away. Who would have thought that yoga could be more intense than just lounging around in different delightfully relaxing positions for an hour?!
The more I learned to strengthen my body and breath on the mat, the more curious I became about the origins and spiritual aspects of yoga. So I decided to travel to the source.
My trip to India began in a town where the Monkey God Hanuman (originator of the Splits Pose) was said to have been born. I started my trip with an extended stay at an ashram, and took a yoga teacher training where I found what I had been looking for: - a thorough education in yoga history, philosophy, spirituality, meditation, and breathwork.
That was great, but I soon realized that the physical yoga in the training was not at all what I had expected. When I couldn’t make the shapes in my body that the teachers wanted to see, they pushed my knees down in lotus pose, and pressed on my back with hands and knees until my forehead touched the floor in seated forward folds. They taught one set of poses that we did on repeat day after day, and left out the undeniable fact that many people can’t perform all poses easily or pain-free.
Although I’d had a deep spiritual experience in India, I had no clue how to teach the physical practice that my friends were expecting.
After months of pressure, I finally gave in and decided to try to teach anyway.
I ran into roadblocks immediately. My students stuck around after class to ask me why they couldn’t do certain poses.
There I was - a certified yoga teacher, with absolutely no idea how to teach yoga.
I needed to learn more about the physical practice of yoga. So I invested everything I earned as an English teacher seeking out some of the world’s top yoga instructors. I also became certified in Thai Massage and prenatal yoga, and studied with a physiotherapist. I kept up my meditation practice at the local Buddhist Temple and at home 6 days a week, and continued my study of the ancient spiritual texts of yoga.
A few years, certifications, and many thousands of dollars later, I finally felt able to teach the full spectrum of what yoga has to offer - both the physical and the philosophical.
All of a sudden, my hard work paid off.
The Movement Wisdom School of Yoga was born...
All my years of education and teaching have culminated in the trainings I create for my students. My life-long passion from here on out is bringing yoga to life for my students, giving them the incredibly deep and diverse yoga education that I worked so hard to find.
And I would be honored to welcome you into the Movement Wisdom community of decidated yogis and aspiring yoga teachers!
I'm a professional educator, not "just" a yoga teacher. I have been in the field of education for over 15 years.
I'm honored that hundreds of thousands of yogis from all over the world practice with me regularly on doyouyoga and YogiApproved, two of leading platforms for online yoga. You can find a selection of classes and tutorials that I filmed here.
I'm also founder and lead teacher at the Movement Wisdom School of Yoga where I maintain the highest quality for my trainings and certification programs.
Besides passionately teaching and practicing yoga, I am also a certified Thai Massage Therapist and a certified Doula.
I am dedicated to living a healthy and holistic life. I am an impassioned yogi, a mom, a foodie, a sports enthusiast, and a lover of words, people, and big ideas.