I WAS A GOOD LITTLE YOGI.
Yoga was introduced to me as teenager as a means of excusing myself from high school gym class. Twice weekly I'd hit the carpet with a bunch of old folks (everyone is old when you're 16, no?) and roll around. Roll-n-glow was the style back then. No stress. No strain. And by the end – all glow. Somehow my fragile adolescent confidence blossomed. I had no idea why. But I knew I wanted more.
I WAS A METROPOLITAN MATH NERD.
I headed to college in DC and practiced yoga with my teacher in her living room with a few others and her cats while I scrambled to collect a degree in applied mathematics. Yoga studios began to pop up and flourish and vinyasa flow style became very popular. Suddenly I was faced with challenges like standing on my hands and doing yoga push-ups. So I went along. I took all my stress from problems sets out on my yoga mat. Then I entered the working world.
I WAS LIVING A DUAL LIFE.
Computer Programmer by day. Yoga Student by night. At least 3 times a week I was taking out all my aggression and job dissatisfaction on my mat. Poor little yoga mat. It wasn’t until years later I realized I was trying to medicate a tenacious wound that wouldn’t heal. So I did something about it and started my own community, Cleveland Park Yoga.
I WAS LOST.
I knew this dual life balance was very precarious. So I quit my day job and founded Live Beyond The Mat, helping others to find the right balance for themselves through mindful, self-caring yoga practice. I get to go hang with yogis all day long, go on beautiful retreats and teach others to find some peace.
NOW I AM WHO I WANT TO BE.
Yoga teacher. Wave Hunter. Trapeze flyer. Scooter Rider. Playful Yogini. Presence Practitioner. Adoring Aunt. Math Nerd. Honest friend. Breath Taker. Better-Life Enthusiast.