I teach the Monday 7:45pm-8:45pm Hatha-Vinyasa class at Edgewater Fitness Center.
How did you get started in health and fitness?
I always knew I would love yoga, but felt nervous about actually taking the step and going to my first yoga class. When I was 18/19 I had a small drug problem and spent a year carelessly abusing my body with different substances. Toward the end of that year a friend of mine invited me to a yoga class, and I fell in love right away. I had no clue what I was doing the entire class and I remember looking around in complete confusion the entire hour, but after class I felt awesome. For the first time in what felt like forever I was finally doing something healthy for my body, I had found a way to begin to build love and trust in a body that I had spent a year abusing. From that point on I was hooked.
How would you describe your training style?
My teaching style if fun and light. I like to build up to challenging poses but remind my students to not take these "challenging poses" too seriously. Each pose is an opportunity to either take your body to the next level or a chance to learn how to fall gracefully. My hope is that each student feels better at the end of class than they did at the beginning.
Top three favorite exercises and why?
1. Yoga-obviously. 2. Anything water related, I love the fluidity of moving in water. 3. Any kind of dance. I love movement and I love music, combining the two makes me happy.
What food would we find in your fridge?
Haha! ...A wide variety. Mixed greens, butter, turkey, some sort of soup, yogurt, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and orange juice.
Give your best 3 health tips that people can do right now:
1. Decide to love and respect your body exactly how it is right now.
2. Try to think of any diet/exercise as a gift to your body, your body that does so much for you and wants to be healthy.
3. Enjoy the sensation/burn of every exercise you do.
What is the best piece of advice you were ever given about health and fitness?
"There is no "the way" to do yoga and/or be healthy, there are just ways. Its up to students and teachers/trainers to find which way works for them, knowing that its not THE way for every one." Advice from my teacher Christina Sell, given to my class during teacher training. This is not exact quote.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from how fantastic it is to be alive/have a body. There are so many opportunities to change, grow and develop. So many sensations and emotions to feel. I am so excited to simply be here. My inspiration comes from a desire to bring some of this enthusiasm to my students so that they can see how amazing and unique they are.
What is your favorite part of teaching fitness classes and/or personal training?
I love it when a student comes to class for the first time, and they have never done yoga before. I love seeing how much their poses change in their very first class. If they like me/the way I teach and keep coming to class I like seeing how their poses grow and shift over time. This is inspires me so much, as a teacher, and as a student of yoga as well.
How do you handle setbacks in your own fitness journey?
I see physical set backs in my fitness journey first and foremost as a sign that my body needs to rest, so I rest as long as long as it takes to heal. I also see them as opportunities to learn more about anatomy so I can become a better teacher. They are also a way to better relate to the people who take my class, many people practice yoga post injury and having been injured myself it makes it easier to understand what my students are going through.
What is your favorite song to workout to right now?
Breezeblocks - Alt-J but don't watch the music video! The video is messed up.