BREATHE. STRETCH. PEACE.
Welcome! With 16 years of experience practicing mindful movement and yoga, I am available to guide your practice, whether you are seeking a one-on-one or a children's group experience. In an adult class, you can expect powerful music that speaks to your core as we build fire, warm up the breath and body, focus on alignment, learn fun inversions – and even get you into that arm balance you've always admired! In children’s classes, I instruct students in mindful movement, a brief history on the origin of yoga from its Indian roots, interactive games, and dance that include yoga asanas for all children, including those with autism and special needs.
As a RYT-200, I recently received my RCYT-95 hour (Children’s Teacher) certification from the empowering program Yogiños: Yoga for Youth. I have been practicing since 2003 as a healing practice after losing my father and eventually my mother both to heart failure. Mindfulness and yoga have guided me to live and practice a healthy lifestyle that can yield longevity and serve as a coping mechanism for grief.
As a Washington, D.C. native, after receiving my bachelor’s from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and my master’s from University of Texas-Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, I studied Ayurveda and Thai massage with the best in the field. While working in the federal government for nearly a decade and on the democratic nominee's presidential election in 2016, I offered fellow employees and volunteers yoga and meditation. This is when I realized that I wanted to help busy professionals and our youth learn to calm their bodies and minds. So, I relocated to NYC to receive my Vinyasa 200-hour teaching certification from Sonic Yoga in Manhattan.
Since 2016, I taught Yoga and Mindful Movement to children and families at Harlem Yoga Studio and with the NYC-based nonprofit Under Our Umbrella. After my career change from working in the political world, I decided to devote my time to deepening my yoga practice and bringing peace to children and families. In Spring of 2017, I deepened my Ayurveda practice at the Udayagiri Retreat Center in Kerala, India where I taught Vinyasa, began learning the martial art Kalari, and meditated daily. In 2018, I followed my heart and moved (back) to the Lonestar state where I taught children (preK-3rd grade) yoga at Houston’s Independent School District’s first Arabic Immersion Magnet School. With certifications in teaching adults, children and adolescents and a combined 800+ hours in teaching children (including those with special needs and autism).
I have CPR/AED training and certifications as well as liability insurance. I teach at Extraordinary Abilities for Children with Autism in Katy, TX, Children’s Yoga Classes at Westside Montessori School, The Post Oak School Summer Camp, Yoga Pod in West Houston, Yogaleena Studio & Boutique in River Oaks, and am the Yoga Program Coordinator at O Athletik Health Club in the Heights. Currently, I am living with the love of my life and teaching my passion in Houston, TX. I’m available to teach mindful movement to children and adults in Houston and look forward to practicing with YOU!