Where’s your home town?
San Ramon, CA
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
I would choose a big bowl of quinoa, vegetables, beans, and a lemon tahini sauce. This would pack a lot of nutrients into one bowl!
Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
As much as I love a good cup of black coffee, I feel so much more nourished after a cup of tea. I would have to choose tea – and my favorite is green.
What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
Anything outside in nature. Hiking, running, cycling, time in our garden, etc. I really like my daily walks with Max, our yellow lab. I turn off my phone and completely unplug which is very refreshing. I also love to read.
I find joy in lots of things. Hanging with friends and family. Traveling. Everyday life; spending time with my husband and our dog.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from all over. Friends, family, books, podcasts, blogs, etc. One thing I have learned from my yoga practice is that you miss a lot of things in life if you are not present. I’m not always good at it but I try to be present as much as I can. I have found that inspiration comes from unexpected places.
What is your favorite book?
I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I love a great novel that I can get completely lost in for hours. But I also like to read books about things I’m interested in learning. Rather than a favorite, I’ll tell you what I’m reading right now. Currently I’m reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and doing the weekly exercises. I highly recommend this book, so check it out! I’m also reading Spirit Junkie by Gabby Bernstein.
What is your favorite time of day?
Mornings! I like to get up early, 5am or so. However, during my pregnancy it’s been more like 6am 🙂 I drink a cup of warm lemon water as I make our morning juice. Then I’m on my mat practicing with a meditation to follow. After my practice and meditation, I journal and eat breakfast.
Favorite yoga posture?
There are so many! I really enjoy half moon and reverse warrior. My favorite poses to teach are inversions. There can be a lot of fear and doubt associated with inversions. I like to teach students the steps to get into them safely and show them that they are capable even if they don’t believe it yet.
Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I practice because it makes me feel great physically, and has taught me so much about myself. I have grown as a person through practicing yoga, and this keeps me coming back to my mat. I know I have a lot more to learn. I teach because I want to share what yoga has given me with other people.