In the late 90s my journey with yoga finally began
I had been told all my younger life that I needed to get involved with something Spiritual like yoga, martial art, meditation, any form of spirituality; it was written in my hand, it was showing in the stars, and that it was my destiny.
I thought this was a little crazy as I was way too busy to play in the world and experience life.
But life was a tough place to experience and big lessons were coming my way at a very young age.
Okay, I was fearless and was willing to take a lot of chances as a young woman living alone in NYC. Basically all the doors closed themselves in my face until I finally started to look within for answers.
It was hard, it was heavy at times but as soon as I did look in, and was willing to follow spiritual teachings everything started to change in my life for the better.
I immersed myself in the practices of Kundalini Yoga
as taught by the late Yogi Bhajan and was introduced to Sikhism.
Sikhism is what's left of the original teachings of Guru Nanak (circa 1469 - 1675) and followed by His successors the 9 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus taught Light & Sound Yoga, aka Surat Shabda Yoga.
I learned Kabbalah and Harmonyum healing, palmistry and numerology with another teacher.
Yoga became so important to me that I took my first Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga Practice in 1998 through Ravi Singh and 3HO Foundation.
And started teaching right away as recommended. I gained valuable insights and experiences with students and myself.
Yogic practices were answering my inner longing for a deeper and more truthful life.
These teachings gave me a foundation I needed in spirituality to promote more integrity, more truth, guidelines to live by, and increase my state of awareness, determination of action, surrendering degrees of ego.
It brought me discipline, giving birth to a greater level of humility, it gave me the support I needed to live my life.
Yoga soon became my way of life.
Continuing my search with yogic practices I met Dr. Tiwaryj from the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in Lonavla, India http://kdham.com where I was taught Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Cleansing techniques of the body, the 8 Limbs of Yoga, the Yoga Sutras as taught by Patanjali.
I also learned Indian vegetarian cooking and some Ayurvedic Principles.
It was during my last trip to India in 2001 that I knew I had to explore something different.
I turned to the teachings of Light & Sound Doctrines taught by Sri Gary Olsen, The current Living Master of the Light and Sound Doctrine in America http://www.masterpath.org
This decision transformed my life in ways I could have never imagined; the old fell away and everything was changing fast. I was ecstatic with this new life that was unfolding in front of my very eyes.
My daily yoga practice changed to Vinyasa Yoga Flow.
It is a smooth and fluid yoga practice with a continuous flow of breath synchronized with movement during class. Vinyasa Flow opened me for deeper meditative, transforming inner growth, at the same time experiencing a dynamic, reviving and creative yoga style.
Unknowingly, I ended up taking classes from one of the best Vinyasa teacher in NYC; Lauren Hannah at Sonic Yoga Studio in Manhattan for about 5 years following Shiva Rae Prana Flow Yoga style.
Eventually I took Sonic's Yoga Alliance Registered School 200hr RYT certification and went on teaching.
Teaching yoga is a special gift in so many ways.
I currently teach in the East Mountains of Albuquerque in Sandia Park, NM. Serving all the nearby cities such as Edgewood, Moriarty, Tijeras, Cedar Crest, Sandia Park, Golden, Madrid, Carnuel, Estancia, Cochiti, and Albuquerque, NM.
Clear and precise instruction is my specialty, emphasizing on proper alignment to help students improve their form and not injure themselves.
Each class is different and never the same.
We flow with gentle, inspiring music from around the world to promote relaxation or dynamic movement.
With 8 or 9 years of teaching experience and 20 years of practice, I offer a wealth of yoga knowledge that varies depending on the class and student need.
Spirituality is where I draw all my strength to pass on to my classes and is always at the forefront of each class. Giving students a theme to work with for themselves on the mat and off the mat, if they wish.
Nutrition is another aspect of my offerings.
As part of the restaurant school I graduated from in Angers, France, I received a nutrition training certificate. I never thought it would be something I would use in life, little did I know. It's been with me all along.
Nutrition is a key element in what I offer in my workshops, and as a Health Coach it is fully part of my guidance toward health.
I also offer an Ancestry Posture Workshop once a year.
With our "sophisticated" culture we have developed such chronic body pains due to ongoing poor posture. This class is not a yoga class and open to everyone. It provides great enlightenment on what, why, we are this way today. It gives you tools to implement in your daily life. It's easy and it works!
Born and raised in Angers, France in a region named "The Garden of France" by the kings in France.
Anjou Region has a luscious vegetation with mild temperatures that promote farming, growing fruits including Golden apples, Pear d'Anjou, and large varieties of beautiful flowers. Cointreau liqueur is also made in Angers.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Vallee de la Loire this region is surrounded by Medieval and Renaissance Castles built around 1100 through 1600.
I grew up partly in the suburbs of Angers also known as la douceur Angevine (the sweetness of Angers), in a small town called Sainte Gemmes sur Loire, along the river La Loire and spent all my summers in the countryside working at the family farm or playing at the beach La Baule.
"From Angers to Orleans is the largest of the richest regions in France with its landmarks. Throughout the region while following the river "La Loire", splendid castles intersperse the countryside, which in itself would owe a visit: villages, beautiful churches, reputable vineyards, green scenery, confer an added dimension to the Castles visits of La Loire. This is why the Val de Loire is a region recognized has UNESCO World Heritage."