My belief is that what we do ON the mat is simply practice for what we do OFF the mat. How you talk to yourself, how you approach a challenging situation, how you receive, and how you do you anything in your mat practice is usually a direct reflection of what's happening in your everyday practice of life (the real yoga).
I also believe that what you put is what you get out. Put positive thoughts into your mind, and it will respond to see the positive in other people and situations. Put good food into your body, and it will respond to fuel you how you want; after all, the gut is second brain, right?
I grew up in Kaneohe, Hawaii but didn't find yoga until I moved to Los Angeles, California, where I was studying for my B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA. I found that yoga was a great physical outlet and offered a mental release from the stress of school and the chaos of city life. Since then, I've kept it a staple in my daily routine and completed my Yoga Alliance compliant 200HR teacher training under Jay Co and am currently training with Jason Crandell for my 500HR. When I returned home to O'ahu after graduation in 2011, I took on a staff engineering position with a local geotechnical company. And after a year in that role, I had a BIG realization that my PASSION IS YOGA. So... I quit.
And, now, here I am as a yoga educator, SHARING WHAT I'VE LEARNED from others and from myself along this journey called life. With a steady practice, I've learned that yoga has so much more to offer than just a workout and study break. My goal as a yoga educator is to HELP OTHERS DISCOVER for themselves what are these different facets. In my classes, you can expect a physical challenge. Sometimes we'll work through that challenge with a playful attitude, and sometimes we'll step into a more introspective and meditative space of observation. As a teacher, I encourage and focus on making mindful choices based on what you need that day. I look forward to seeing you on the mat. Aloha!