Yoga has consumed my life (in a very good way) since 2011. It was then that I embarked on a journey that has been so enlightening already, and I know I’ve not even scratched the surface of what’s there for me. To me, yoga is not just unrolling my mat every day and going through the motions. It is connection, unity, community… it is so many things all wrapped up into one ever changing package.
Growing up, I was a competitive gymnast. Through gymnastics, I found many things – flexibility (to a point), dedication, strong work ethic, a touch of perfectionism, body awareness… really, the list could go on. I truly enjoyed gymnastics, but as luck may have it, I’m a tad tall for gymnastics. Think of it this way – the average height of the 2016 Olympic Gymnastics team is like 5’1″… I’m 5’8″. That extra 7 inches does A LOT to slow you down in the middle of the air. Suffice to say, things got harder for me, and I couldn’t keep up. Once I quit competing, I started coaching. It began with the little ones, and actually sort of quickly grew to coaching pre-competitive gymnasts. I LOVED coaching. I coached at 2 different gyms in Southern California, and tried to coach at one here in Arizona, but the culture and fit just wasn’t right.
So fast forward to years after I quit gymnastics, and quit coaching, I needed something active to do. Of all people, my dude was the one to suggest I try yoga. I thought it would be silly, super granola, and not my thing – WOW was I wrong.
I started in yoga with an intro series at a local studio and I feel like the rest is history. I quickly caught on, and learned and grew. I gained back the flexibility I’d had in gymnastics. It was wonderful. I was able to grow some great relationships with teachers and had truly found a home, in my own body, and in the community.
After a year or so, many of my teachers began to ask when I would do teacher training, and for a long time I thought, wow, I am so not ready for that. But as time went on, I realized more and more how much I was being called to teach. There was just this feeling inside me that validated everything I was thinking – that teaching would be my outlet to coach, to spread yoga, and how amazing it made me feel (physically and mentally). I am sure at some point, I will be able to sit down and write a post about what yoga truly means to me and how much I value teaching, but for now, I’ll leave it at this:
Current Teaching Schedule
Wednesdays 6pm | Metta Yoga | Ashtanga Mix
Saturdays 8am | Lobo Fitness – Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch | Yoga Flow