1- In less than a minute, tell us who you are and why we keep hearing good things about you.
I am someone driven by an insatiable curiosity about how to be a better human being. At the age of 20, I delved into body-mind practices, and my life transformed. People likely hear positive things about me because I genuinely care about others and my community. My involvement in homeless shelters, schools, prisons, jails, police departments, hospitals, and hospices might be another reason people hear about me. I firmly believe that body-mind and trauma-informed practices can profoundly change lives.
2- What inspired you, if any, to join the Warrior Flow 200-Hour Yoga Training’s faculty?
After losing my mother, I grappled with intense grief and depression. It was through body-mind trauma-informed practices and connecting with marginalized individuals that I understood both our sufferings. I felt compelled to become an agent of change, dedicating my life to helping those in need. Firsthand, I experienced the crippling effects of trauma, but over the years, I've become more resilient than I ever imagined. It's a natural inclination to want to help others when you find something that changes your life.
3- In simple words, what does yoga mean to you?
Valuing time, pursuing education, and empathetically listening to others.
4- What is the main difference between learning yoga now and when you took your first yoga training?
I initially turned to body-mind practices as a lifeline against my personal demons. Through education, I realized that everyone faces their own battles. This realization shifted my perspective from being self-centered to recognizing a collective human experience. Nowadays, I embrace these practices as a means of connecting with the world and others.
5- In your opinion, why is this a key moment in time to learn yoga?
We cannot turn a blind eye to the challenges faced by our youth, law enforcement, and first responders. Even as mental health issues persist, we have effective methods to understand both ourselves and society. Our struggles aren't obstacles but stepping stones.
6- Who would you be without yoga?
A loose cannon.
7- Who were your role models? And what pushed you to learn and become who you are today?
I view every person I meet as a potential learning opportunity, and often as a role model. I have unwavering faith in humanity's inherent compassion and choose to see the goodness in everyone. I am eternally optimistic.
8- What were the pivotal roadblocks and challenges you encountered along the way that helped you define your path?
Being diagnosed with depression was a turning point. The weight of the world felt overwhelming. However, I learned and grew, using my experience as a means to help others to find meaning, finding purpose in the process.
9- What can we all do right now to make this world a better place?
Step outside of your internal and endless monologue. Assist someone. Volunteer. Serve. It genuinely is that straightforward and simple.