Since the age of 5 I have always been passionate about sports (tennis, baseball, and a bit of soccer). The best coaches I had established the importance of linking breath and movement towards improving mental and physical capabilities. As I grew in the sports I played, I noticed that my way of learning came from teaching others. I would help my teammates to have a more effective serve in tennis or a better throw in baseball as a way to reinforce what I had already learned. From those early days, teaching became my way of learning. Unbeknownst to me, I had fallen in love with helping others.
Once I found my passion for yoga and teaching, the rest became history.
At the age of 15 I was offered the chance to become a tennis coach. It was an uncomfortable step forward, but a necessary one as it was my first real job. I learned quickly how to pass on my knowledge of the game. As time went by, my teachings developed to a more mental to physical approach, linking breath and movement to enhance strength, improve mental clarity, and enhance performance overall. To say the least, I was thrilled to see the progress in my students.
The power of mental strength stuck with me and became my true interest throughout high school. I then decided to pursue Psychology in college, graduating with a Bachelors Degree from Chapman University in Orange, California. After graduation, I decided to take a typical sales position at a corporation with the opportunity to make a very comfortable income. However, I soon realized that the passion I had for mental and physical health was far from priority. Even in my own life, I went from healthy eating and consistent exercising to packaged and processed foods, and a lack of physical movement. The discomfort and discontent came rushing in. I knew I had detached from my passion of helping others and needed to get back on track.