Photo: Neil Gandhi

Photo: Neil Gandhi



I took yoga in high school as a sports elective--we were required to do three each year, and I wasn't much of an athlete. I didn't bother to show up often, and when I did, I was making fun of it and distracting others most of the time. The trimester ended and so did my interest in yoga for the time being. I went on to study creative advertising at the University of Texas at Austin, moved to Hawaii, and started a hair salon. Then I got sober and needed something to help my anxiety besides alcohol: enter yoga once again. And I still hated it. But as much as I didn't like going to class, I knew it was benefiting me on a lot of different levels. After sticking with it for a few months, I found a mind-body connection that offered me a sense of groundedness that I hadn't known before.

I went on to law school at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, but soon after passing the Bar there, I made my way back to Texas. I signed up for yoga teacher training while I waited for the next Texas Bar Exam application window to open. I didn't intend to teach, but I needed some structure in my days. Along the way, I discovered I really enjoyed teaching. Upon *not* passing the Bar in the Lone Star State, I spent more time teaching yoga "until I figured out what I was going to do," and then I realized how much happier I was teaching yoga than I had been doing any of the other things I'd done--so maybe I should do that. And that's what I'm doing.

I started teaching yoga in Elgin in 2014 at a local gym, then moved into a shared use space at 28N in historic downtown Elgin in 2016. In October 2017, I made the move to rent the entire space and open a studio. That's where we are now!

I did my initial 200 hour yoga teacher training through CorePower Yoga in Austin. I also completed Yoga Sculpt (yoga with weights) teacher training there. I have studied trauma informed yoga through the Prison Yoga Project in San Francisco. Currently, I am completing my second 200 hour teacher training with my teacher, Carmen Aguilar, the founder of cYoga, traveling to Chicago and Barcelona to do so. My love for meditation was reignited by Carmen’s husband, Moises, who has encouraged and guided me in teaching meditation and offering meditation therapy to those interested. I also recently became Reiki Level 1 certified through Awakening Transformation in Austin.

When I'm not teaching yoga, I enjoy hanging out with my Shar Pei, Nama, traveling (especially to warm places), trying to win the affection of any animals that happen to be around, and spending time with my parents, boyfriend, and friends.