Currently, I live in San Juan del Sur in southern Nicaragua, surrounded by many surf beaches and beautiful jungle. San Juan del Sur is an adorable surfing and fishing community where many tourists come to enjoy the beautiful beaches, bustling nightlife, and delicious restaurants. Here you will find and meet people from all over the world and get to know the kindness of the Nica people.
I am a mother, a free spirit, an international yoga teacher, and a Thai massage body healer. I have a BA in Communications Studies from Texas State University and an Associate Degree in Business Administration. After studying abroad in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica in 2006, I got the itch to see more of the world and maybe even live outside the United States. I love learning about new cultures and meeting interesting people. I found myself able to travel more and more in my late 30’s, and from there, the passion grew. I went around Europe, Southeast Asia, and finally made it back to Central America where I'm currently living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.
Throughout my life, I have tried to be active. I rode my bike passionately and wanted to live a healthy lifestyle but I have not always been able to keep on this path. Life has its ups and downs and I found myself depressed and overweight for seven years. Things seemed to get worse in January 2015 when I fell and broke my arm. The weight seemed to pile on with even more quickness than before. I was eating an unhealthy diet thinking it made me feel better and boy did I love my margaritas, chips, and salsa! After I realized how out of shape I was, I knew I needed a lifestyle change. It was not an easy path to lead but with sheer determination I was able to drop the extra 60lbs I was carrying around by drinking much less, finding a diet that worked for me (and my food allergies, yes I have them too) and a boutique gym where I had fun taking group classes. I found a community at this gym where I felt supported and loved which made me want to come more and more. I craved the happiness within me that came with the self-confidence I saw with the results in my clothes sizes and the amount of energy I had. At this time, I still had no idea how Yoga was going to change my life.
I moved to London in April 2016 with my, then, partner to find out what was missing in my life. Was it traveling more? Was it just needing a new city to explore? I had no idea what to do while living in London. I was bored. I was trying to decide if I should get a visa and stay or enjoy a short 6-month life in a new city or WHAT? Then the thought of going to yoga school came to me. At first, I didn't think I wanted to be a teacher. I thought going to an intensive month yoga training would help deepen my practice and knowledge of yoga. I found Yoga London while looking at schools on the web. I did a bit of research and decided within a few days I was going to take the plunge. That is where my Yoga Adventure begins!
I began my first 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga London in June 2016. After finishing the course, the thought of teaching was planted in my head and maybe I would try it out but I was so nervous! I traveled back to the United States for a 3-month visit where I began subbing at beFree Yoga Studio in Tyler, TX and giving private lessons to students. This is when I found my passion for teaching and knew I wanted to help others to the mat. I craved for more education. I wanted to feel more confident in teaching others so I sought out for a school that would fit my needs for a 300-hour YTT. Again I turned to the web and found Awakened Life School of Yoga searching for teacher training programs in tropical areas, let's face it London was about to get real cold. They offered a course in Vinyasa Flow and training in Restorative Yoga in Bali, Indonesia and it called to me. Being the spontaneous woman I am, I jumped at the opportunity and signed up almost immediately. I had no idea what that experience would do for me. I found myself in the center of Hinduism and everything yoga. The mentors at the school were so encouraging and challenged me in some pretty scary ways. We weren’t there to simply learn yoga, we were there to learn more about ourselves, let things go in our lives that were holding us back, and to grow as a community. I became so close to all the other students and our community was strong. I was immersed in the yoga lifestyle while I was there and found my voice as a teacher.
After traveling around the world, I found myself volunteer teaching in this adorable village, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I was scheduled to be here for ten weeks and continue with my traveling journey. Little did I know I would fall in love with Nicaragua and be here for the next couple of years. Life is funny like that. I have taught in two hostels, two studios and currently living my dream teaching at Zen Yoga Nicaragua, the only official studio in this bustling town. I have been able to branch out with many privates with one-on-one sessions to small groups in their beautiful vacation homes. I feel honored to have found my place within this community and continue to grow as a teacher, student, and woman.
In 2018, I decided it was time for a little traveling and more education, so I left for a few months. While away, I completed another 200-hour yoga teacher training in Mal Pias, Costa Rica through Sacred Paths Yoga, where we dove in the philosophical side of the yoga practice while deepening my self-practice. I then traveled to the beautiful country of Guatemala, where I attended a 100-hour Thai Massage training in Level 1 and advanced Levels 2 & 3 at The Yoga Forest. Life is a journey and the moment we think we know everything is the moment we need to explore and learn more.
"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill, the willingness to learn is a choice." ~ Brian Herbert
I couldn't be more excited about spreading my passion for yoga and healing the body through the power of touch with Thai, yogic, massage. I know how hard and scary it can be to begin a yoga practice. There are a lot of judgments and expectations we create, see on social media, and hear. Let's find your practice, find your voice, and your inner warrior. There is always a way when there is a will to change and yoga is for everyone, big or small, all colors of life and all ages. For me, yoga is a way to express myself, my artistic side, my love and what has shown me my dharma, my path.
I’m looking forward to sharing my practice with you!
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