It has ups, downs & everything in between.
Life’s about learning how to come back to your center time & time (& time) again.
Through breath. Movement. Meditation. Connection. Intention. Love.
It’s about focusing on the beauty & strength within the heart.
It's about expressing the poetry & prose of this beauty from the inside out.
The retreats, bodywork, classes, personal training & writing that I offer are about sharing this beautiful journey together: body, mind & soul.
I am a believer in the transformative powers of reflection, connection, and movement.
After years of training in ballet, I immersed myself in a myriad of dance forms, including folkloric, modern & hip-hop in college. Upon moving to Oakland in 2000, I studied Tae Kwon Do & kickboxing to find a new way to move & release. In my continual quest for deeper knowledge, I became an AFPA certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Fitness Coach. All of this fuels the fire for the energy, inspiration & positivity into every dance fitness class I teach.
After experiencing the profound benefits of receiving regular bodywork, I was inspired to pursue studies at the McKinnon Institute and was instantly drawn into the world of Shiatsu. I was invited to teach this beautiful art form a few years later, and taught with a focus on self-awareness, connection, and intuition. I also work as a UC Berkeley Health Coach which entails working with other trainers to create workouts, as well as working 1:1 with clients to help them meet goals and develop positive behaviors in exercise, eating, sleeping, stress reduction, and mindfulness. Most recently, I became a certified hatha yoga instructor. I currently teach Gentle Yoga classes for UC Berkeley staff in addition to dance fitness, strength, and yoga classes with heart & soul at studios in Oakland.
In October 2016 I took my first Hermosas (Women's Wellness Retreats) to Tulum, Mexico to put together all the pieces of what I offer. After 5 beautiful retreats, I am excited to offer the next one at Chacala in June 2019 (see "Retreats" to sign up.)
In November 2017, I became a published author with my first book READY, which touches on massage, meditation, and dance as part of my journey to find love, which ultimately leads to self-love. Autographed books are available directly through me (see "books" section).
When I'm not moving or writing, I can be found taking photos of flowers & clouds or sipping on champagne with the Loves in my life.