I began a regular yoga practice three months after the birth of my second child in 2006. The child care manager at the gym that I belonged, suggested that I take yoga classes. At the time, I was focused on getting off the baby weight and I believed that I needed aerobic activity/weight lifting exercise to get back into shape. I started to practice yoga at the gym and was hooked. As my practice deepened, I began to transform; I wanted to share my yoga experiences with others.
I initially, began working toward my yoga certification through YogaFit and completed 140 hours of training but learned that the remaining trainings would not be offered near my home. Kathleen invited me to attend teaching training in March 2011 and I completed my 200 hours in December, 2011 and I became certified through Kathleen and the Bay Area Yoga Center. I am registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level. Besides teaching yoga, I am a wife and the mother of a son and daughter. I am also a registered nurse that teaches mental health nursing at Marian University and I am working on my dissertation for my Ph.D. I integrate yoga into my mental health clinical and I dedicate a portion of my nursing lectures toward integrative therapies. Yoga enables me to keep a healthy perspective in my personal and professional life.