1. In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you?
I teach all types of classes, group and private, in English and Spanish. I love teaching yoga, any style—prenatal, vinyasa, hatha, beginner, and advanced. I genuinely want people to experience yoga, find their practice, and feel good. Yoga is like the happy pill. Do Yoga and Be Happy. My teaching style is from the heart, and I focus on alignment. My classes can be challenging while spiritual. I am authentic and true to myself. I allow my creative mind and spirit to come into play and lead my classes. Yoga is about feeling good, staying present, feeling accomplished and motivated.
2. What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
The limited classes and hours offered by studios for prenatal yoga has been a roadblock. As we know, studios base their business on the head count at peak hours and are not going to offer prenatal classes then. Most prenatal classes offerings are at mid-morning on weekdays. It is like studios only offer yoga to pregnant women who do not work office jobs, which is so sad, considering I had office-hour jobs for twenty-five years. I asked and convinced one studio to offer group prenatal classes in the afternoon, but we did not have much success (we didn’t have much promotion). Another roadblock has been that hospitals and/or doctors do not want to collaborate or partner to offer prenatal yoga within their programs of classes for pregnant women.
3. Why did you choose this field? Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are?
I’ve been practicing yoga for probably eighteen years and teaching for almost a decade. I did my teacher training while working as an executive in corporate America, and my intention was only to get deeper into my practice. I was not planning to teach, but when I graduated, I realized that I had to share. I was given the gift to help others find the amazing blissful moments during and after savasana.
4. What is your legacy? Do you care about leaving a legacy?
I teach many styles of yoga but focus on prenatal, though that was not what I planned or expected. I was already teaching when prenatal yoga crossed my path. A friend asked me to teach her while she was pregnant, and then another pregnant woman came, and so on—the rest is history. Oh, and by the way, I am also a trained doula, but that’s another story. Maybe that’s my legacy—I don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter. What I do know is that I love the opportunity to help pregnant women to feel empowered, feel good, get stronger, and find some peace and relaxation.
5. What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
Breathe deeper, relax more, and learn to feel more. Remind ourselves to be kind and compassionate, first with ourselves and then extend the same feeling to those around us. We all are at this pivotal moment of transformation—dealing with the global pandemic is a different experience for each one of us. Smile at each other, support each other, observe more, listen more. Be truly present and connecting.
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?
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