Updated: May 28, 2020
1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you?
I focus on the possibilities in life, not the limitations. I’m dedicated to my inner voice, my intuition, even when it leads me down a path that is not conventional. My passion and my compassion inspire me to teach yoga and fitness in a way that is both physically challenging and spiritually inspiring. Family, friendships, and faith are the most precious things to me.
2- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
The sudden death of my mother when I was twenty-five was the most traumatic, life-changing moment for me. She was healthy one day and gone the next. It made realize how life can change on a dime. You’ve got to hold those you love close and pursue the life you want with passion and focus.
The other life-changing event for me was being hospitalized for an eating disorder when I was nineteen. I was diagnosed as an anorexic overachiever suffering from depression. I missed my entire junior year of high school. It forced me to come face to face with my issues of low self-esteem and the unrealistic expectations I had for myself. I’m grateful for the strength, compassion, and insight I gained from that experience.
Being an athlete, yoga was one of the only “sports” I wasn’t naturally good at when I started. I was intrigued! I was stronger than an ox but had no flexibility. I was an athlete who rarely stretched. When I started practicing regularly, not only did my body feel better, but I also noticed a profound positive shift in my perspective and self-awareness. This led the way to my becoming a teacher.
3- Why did you choose this field? Who were your role models?
My love of athletics, health, beauty, and philanthropy has been a part of my DNA since birth. Staying healthy and being able to make a living doing what I love is truly a blessing. Jessica Thomas and Glenda Twining, my first instructors in Dallas, really inspired me.
4- What is your legacy? Do you care about leaving a legacy?
My legacy in the yoga world will be my ability to combine athletics and yoga successfully. I want to be remembered as a healer and an inspiring leader who shared my gift of teaching to raise money for causes to help people and animals. A devoted mother of two and a loyal friend, I cherish close relationships. It’s important to me that I make a positive impact in my little pocket of the world. I strive to be an inspiring role model for others, especially my boys.
5- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
Practice kindness and compassion for yourself, others, and the earth.
6- In less than a minute, without sounding like a used car salesperson, tell us where to find you and what is the next big thing that everyone should be anticipating from you?
Assuming the world gets back to normal, I will continue teaching four styles of yoga exclusively at Equinox: vinyasa (heated and non-heated); yoga sculpt (heated and non-heated); Inner Heat (Equinox’s signature heated yoga class); and yin yoga.
For now, I’m filming classes for Warrior Flow TV and teaching a live class on Facebook at 10:00 A.M. on Fridays. My goal is to start a subscription-based membership through my website so people can have access to my classes. Stay tuned!
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