My yoga journey began in 2014 through a friend inviting me to join her for a class at Gaia Flow. Since I had never done yoga before, I had a little trepidation about going because I did not know any of the postures and was unsure whether I was physically strong enough. Thankfully, I decided to go and Gaia Flow has been my home ever since.

What I initially enjoyed about yoga was the physicality or the asanas. For a large portion of my life, I was in gymnastics and cheer-leading and what I found with yoga was that the postures required similar abilities—balance, an open body and strength. The familiarity of the physical practice made me feel comfortable and the challenge of building strength to do more challenging postures intrigued me and motivated me to continue showing up on my mat. What I learned is that when I continually showed up on mat, my practice evolved and I wanted to grow even more.

The next step for me was to go through 200-hour teacher training at Gaia Flow. What I discovered after completing teacher training was that it truly is a life changing experience and overall commitment of the heart. The first weekend of teacher training, Chrystal Rae said, “yoga is the practice of staying”. Initially, I processed that statement at superficial level thinking that she was referring to holding a posture. Through the process of teacher training, I realized that statement was so much more profound in that yoga truly transcends your physical practice and your day-to-day life.

The way you carry yourself on your mat directly mirrors your life outside of the studio. Yoga has empowered me to be conscious of how I respond when I’m challenged both physically and mentally— I choose to stay and above all I chose to love myself and my body. I hope to see you all on the mat!

All of my love,