My heart has become capable of all forms.
It is a meadow for gazelles and a monastery for Christian monks,
A temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Ka’aba,
The Tables of the Torah and the book of the Koran.
I profess the religion of Love, and whatever direction Its steed may take,
Love is my religion and my faith.
– Ibn Arabi
I was born and raised in Mexico City before moving to Los Angeles at a young age. Growing up in beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, I developed a great love & connection for nature. By my teenage years, my affinity for artistic and spiritual endeavors grew into a defining personality characteristic. My university years at the University of Pennsylvania helped cement my education and personal ideals. It was also at this time that I began working in the field of fitness, receiving my first group exercise and spinning certifications. After receiving a B.A. in International Relations & French (and a minor in Fine Arts), I moved to San Francisco to work at the Mexican Consulate as an attache. During my years in San Francisco, I continued to pursue my passion for fitness, becoming a certified Personal Trainer and working privately in the fitness community. I also developed a true love for world cuisines and culinary arts!
I moved to Los Angeles to attend USC School of Law. But after graduating law school, I decided to enter the world of Fitness and Health full time. Although I was already a certified personal trainer, I became certified in Pilates, Indo Row and other modalities, so that I could offer my clientele a more varied perspective on fitness and movement.
In 2004, my world was transformed. I began to shift my focus from fitness to total health and wellness. I completed my first yoga teacher training with Seane Corn, Vinnie Marino and Annie Carpenter, specializing in Vinyasa Yoga. I was also greatly influenced by the brilliant teachings of Max Strom. My appetite for spiritual teachings, both new and ancient, was voracious. I also earned my full yoga teaching credentials from Yogaworks.
Continuing my studies of wellness and spirituality, I completed a two-year certification in Yoga Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in August of 2010. It is here in the field of Yoga Therapy, that I believe I have found my greatest calling. Yoga Therapy is a return to the holistic and traditional yogic teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya. This lineage differs from western power yoga in its therapeutic value and overall understanding of optimal health. In 2013 I became a 500 hour certified Krishnamcharya teacher. Its foundations lie at the heart of ancient yogic texts and its practices help ailments of all kinds: diabetes, obesity, endocrine problems, infertility, neurologic disorders, cardiac disease, gastro intestinal issues, emotional/psychological imbalances and much much more. Yoga Therapy works on the physical body, the breathing body, the intellectual/learning body, the personality/wisdom body and the emotional body simultaneously. This practice is completely customized to the individual and their specific needs. I am thrilled to announce that I am continuing studies at Vanderbilt School of Alternative Medicine in 2014 where I will be participating in a full Indian tradition Yoga Therapy program.
It is my greatest wish to inspire and motivate my students and clients. My personal faith is based in the mutual exchange of the teacher student relationship. I am only a reminder that everything you need for joy and peace is already in you, together we will find the right way.