My Purpose

My purpose in teaching yoga is to help my students take yoga off the mat and into their lives. To bring balance into body, mind, and spirit and create the freedom to be all they can be.

The mat is our reflection. Power Yoga teaches us to stand in our power. Physical strength gives freedom to mental clarity and peace of mind, which allows our spirit to shine.

Baptiste Power Yoga has the power to transform your life. It is an awesome awakening of every fiber in your being as you sweat out life’s toxins and open up all of those blocked areas of the body.

You will never be the same!

Yoga is a gift in my life. I can not imagine my life without it. It is interwoven into every aspect and ounce of my being. I begin my yoga practice when I was 14 years old. Mending from a dance injury, in my room by myself and a gigantic Hatha yoga book....I began to teach myself yoga. In 1999, I heard Baron Baptiste speak and fell in love with his words and practice and began to teach in 2000.

My prior work with teen runaways, crisis intervention and suicide prevention counseling blended right into my yoga. My yoga mat became my platform as I begin to reach out and help shift a life and make a difference. Your mat is your reflection in life. To stand in my power and be inspiration in another's life.....creates the light in my heart and yoga everyday.

My Programs

Through out the years I've been involved with and started several teen yoga programs. Here are a few:

OC Yoginis

The OC Yoginis is a team of high school girls from South Orange County. The Yoginis are from a diverse range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The team is set up as a club format and meets weekly to practice asana (postures) and discuss lifestyle and fitness issues.

Every season, the team identifies a community need and works together to implement a service program. With yoga practice as the foundation, the OC Yoginis helps teens cultivate important life skills such as stress management, healthy body image, hygiene, nutrition, self discipline, leadership and cooperation.

Yoga is a highly effective way to challenge teens both psychologically and physically, while providing a safe environment for learning to explore and work through their difficulties.

Through this process, teens develop the necessary tools to be calm and creative when dealing with the challenges of daily life.

Yoga Teen Athletes

For several years I taught power yoga to the baseball team, girls’ softball team and girl’s lacrosse teams at Corona del Mar High School. They have one class a week on the field after practice. These teens are amazing! Headstands, arm balances, back bends….you name it and they are 100% there. These are a very dedicated group of teen athletes and it shows in their attitudes and behavior in life. The need for yoga for teen athletes is growing and my goal is to be able to reach and expand to help all students feel the benefits of yoga. Yoga empowering teens to live the best life possible.

Huntington Beach Teen Shelter

I also taught yoga classes to the teens at the shelter. These are teens in crisis ranging from run-aways to gang members to suicide attempts. These are awesome teens with a need to get rebalanced into life. Yoga helps to challenge their need to be on the edge. I have them doing poses that bring an element of fear and awareness to their mats. Headstands are a very scary pose for many adults and teens alike. But once they are attempted they are very empowering.

One of the most important qualities to bring to teen yoga as a teacher is to build self esteem and confidence; to empower them to start believing in their self worth and know that they are important. Yoga is also a tool to help teens focus and bring a sense of control back into their lives. Just learning to breath can reconnect one to their own personal power. As a teacher, this is the most heartfelt and rewarding class I teach. To be able to reach out and make a difference one on one is life changing.

Mentor to Senior Project at Corona Del Mar High School

A senior asked me to mentor her senior class project which is required in order to graduate. The project is her design and involves learning yoga from the basics on up and being able to absorb it enough to turn around and teach it to her peers. This involves learning the physical asana practice plus understanding the connection to taking yoga off the mat and into her life. Learning to live her yoga and share it to her peers. Quite the undertaking!

LIFT: Leadership Institute for Teens

LIFT asked me to become involved with their program and teach yoga and how it impacts and changes one’s life to teens in their leadership program.

LIFT has two week long camps in the summer. One is a SOKA University and the other is at Cal State Fullerton. This program has served nearly 500 Orange County High School students. In participating in the camps each student receives 20 hours of community service to be applied to the graduation requirements from High School. This is an amazing far reaching program to empower our teens to be future leaders. You can check out LIFT's Facebook page for more info.

My Resume

Education:

  • Baron Baptiste 500 hour Teacher Trained Certification
  • Certified Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher and Student since 2000
  • Yoga Alliance Registered 500RYT, E-RYT200
  • BS Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota

Training:

  • Yin Yoga Training 
  • Baptiste Teacher Training
  • Level 3 December 2011
  • Badass Advanced Teacher Training February 2009
  • Level 2 September 2006 and June 2007
  • Level 1 August 2003 and February 2009
  • Art of Assisting - January 2013 - Dallas, TX
  • Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher 200 Level Training - 2002
  • Training done through national venues independently
  • At Risk Teen Yoga Training
  • Hala Khouri (OTM) - August 2008
  • 3 week course: Healing Trauma and Managing Stress - August 2013
  • 6 week course: Yoga for Self Regulation and Trauma - October/November 2013
  • Yoga4Teens Teacher Training
  • Christy Brock
  • June 2007

Work Experience:

  • Gabriel's Angels
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Southern AZ Board of Director
  • Fund Raising Events Committee Member
  • Therapy Dog Team at Reunion House At Risk Shelter for Teens
  • October 2013 - October 2016
  • CSP Huntington Beach Youth Shelter
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Teach yoga classes to teens in Crisis
  • September 2007 to December 2015
  • Intermountain Centers for Human Development (ICHD)
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Foundation Board Member
  • Chair of Development
  • Yoga teacher to ICHD therapists, staff, and clients
  • June 2012 to November 2013
  • Yoga Shakti Studios
  • Irvine, CA
  • Teach yoga classes
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Corona del Mar High School
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Teach teen yoga to athletes
  • 2007 - 2012
  • YogaWorks Orange County
  • Orange County, CA
  • Yoga teacher
  • 2010 - 2012
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Sheboygan
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Yoga teacher
  • Started a yoga for teens program
  • 2009
  • Kohler High School
  • Kohler, WI
  • Yoga teacher
  • Taught yoga with their Wellness Program in the HS
  • Taught yoga to the seniors in Life TIme sports
  • Taught yoga for stress awareness in 9th grade Health class
  • 2009 - 2010
  • STARS: an at-risk teen girls program in Sheboygan, WI
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Yoga teacher
  • Started a yoga program there helping them to create balance with a stress based life.
  • 2009 - 2010
  • The Bodhi Tree Power Yoga Retreat, LLC
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Owner
  • Baptiste Power Yoga Affiliate Studio - June 2009
  • 2009 - 2010
  • YogaGolf
  • Pelican Hill Resort - Orange County, CA
  • Golf Academy
  • Fall 2007 to Present
  • OC Yoginis for Teens
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Director of Teen Yoga Program
  • 2007 to 2009
  • Baptiste Power Yoga Institute
  • Assistant at Yoga Journal Conference in Lake Geneva, WI
  • May 2007
  • Sports Core/American Club
  • Kohler, WI
  • Taught Power Yoga and Ashtanga
  • 2002-2007
  • Acuity Insurance
  • Taught Power Yoga classes in their facility
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Yoga Golf
  • Kohler Golf Academy
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Yoga Without Walls
  • My Karma Yoga program
  • Donated to Silent Auctions 3 hour packages of Yoga
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Yoga For Teens
  • My Karma Yoga program for teens
  • Donated free instruction to area High Schools teaching Power Yoga
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Community Workshops
  • Summer Solstice, Snow Yoga, Baptiste 40 Days Program, Yoga on the Beach
  • All workshops offered free to public to generate interest in The Sports Core
  • 2002 - 2007