I hated sports when I was growing up. I always felt inadequate and felt like I was never competitive or physical enough. I had very low self-esteem and hated my body- I was significantly overweight. I suffered from depression and anxiety.
In college, I found belly dance, and then yoga, and discovered ways for me to be more physical without requiring me to be competitive. I lost a fair amount of weight, gained some confidence, and finally graduated college. I still battle with depression and anxiety at times.
In 2012 I started taking formal belly dance lesson from Valerie of Bravo Belly Dance. I decided I wanted to teach yoga so I could help people find yoga and help them build their confidence. I wanted to help student combat anxiety and depression like I have.
I love teaching beginner students. These students are just starting their yoga journey, many of them in retirement. I love seeing the changes as they occur. Some students find more strength- physical and emotional, some find weight loss, others find some quiet time for the monkey chatter.
I have been there and I love sharing my experiences and my lessons with others. One saying in yoga is "the obstacle is the path." I believe that is true and we are put on this earth to share these lessons with others; to connect with other people so they, too, can learn and expand.