I have been intrigued by yoga for a long time, as it always struck me as a nice, accessible, non-competitive form of exercise. I was very on and off with my practice, until I went through a period in my life in 2008 while I was multitasking some physically demanding jobs like waitressing with studying full time. I needed something.
Yoga was something I wanted to revisit, but at the time I was living in a part of the Deep South in the US where the nearest yoga school was a 2 hour drive away. Something in me drove me to order some Shiva Rea DVDs off of Amazon, and that’s where my practice started to take off. It quickly became an addiction that I tried to practice every day. I was attracted to yoga initially because it seemed very accessible. The way that it combines elements such as movement, breath, philosophy, and meditation, in a way where each one enhances the other, has kept me attracted. The focus and clarity that my yoga practice has given me is unparalleled. Shiva Rea to this day continues to be a major influence on my practice, and on my teaching, for her creative and spiritual approach which allows the student to tap into their own intuition.
Once I moved to Holland in 2011 and had access to yoga schools, my practice took off even more. In 2014, 5 days before I was due to give birth to my son Xavier to be precise, I began with the 500 hour teacher training offered at Yoga Maya. Of course this was a challenge, though I have always liked a challenge! This training was developed by Yoga Vidya in Germany, in the tradition of Swami Sivananda. I also find myself very attracted to Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Yin yoga. My practice, and my classes, are inspired by these, while remaining true to the spirit of yoga being more than just a workout.
As a yogini and a teacher, my goal is to deliver authentic yoga that leaves plenty of freedom for the student to experience their own truth, and to apply it in a way that fits in with the world as it is, eventually changing this world for the better.
Besides yoga, I’m also into cooking, the outdoors, travelling, singing, dancing, laughing, and I’m a cat person. I take my practice seriously, but never myself!
There are many people I am grateful to for being part of my journey to get me to where I am now. The one worth mentioning the most by far is my son, Xavier, who is also one of my greatest teachers. J
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu – May all beings be happy. May all of my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to the happiness of all beings.