Yoga Instructor with a Wicked Right Cross
I have a long-standing passion for helping people reach their wellness and fitness goals, having spent over 1000 hours teaching adaptive yoga to people with limitations over the past 9+ years. I am certified by PwR, Silver Sneakers, Parkinson Wise, and Rock Steady Boxing; have undergone over 500 hours of training from Yoga Alliance, and I am a former U.S. Army medic. Finally, people tell me I have an excellent sense of humor, which is helpful in any endeavor in life - especially boxing.
Kickboxer, Registered Nurse & Wellness Coach
About 10 years ago, borderline obese, with asthma, and sick of being stuck on the couch, I took up kickboxing and jujitsu as a way to kickstart my life and get in shape. A few years later I graduated Sonoma State University with an RN. During my clinical rotations I realized I could do just as much good from within the ring as from inside the hospital, so I became a kickboxing and jujitsu coach. Inspired by my mother’s battle with Crohn’s disease and convinced that the best healthcare is preventative healthcare, I decided to focus on those with chronic illnesses, and in 2017 I had the good luck to have Rock Steady Boxing drop by the gym where I worked. Shortly thereafter Rock Steady hired me as a coach, and I have happily been coaching Parkinson’s patients to fight back against the disease ever since.
Certified & Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
I have studied yoga since 2003 and was certified as a hatha yoga instructor in 2005 (500 hr Yoga Alliance registered), when I started my own business teaching private and corporate clients - individually and in groups at fitness centers, yoga studios, and in-home. As a movement educator, I integrate principles of biomechanics, strength, mobility, balance, and function-based exercise. In 2017, in what I regard as a ‘higher calling’, the boxing yogini earned her certification as a Rock Steady boxing coach for people with Parkinson’s. I am passionate about teaching active agers and people with movement disorders to move and feel better in their body from the inside out. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Sociology and I am certified in Parkinson’s exercise training through the Brian Grant Foundation. (so I'm really happy I have this job!)
Certified Personal Trainer
I started my health and fitness career right after recieving my NASM personal trainer certificate at the age of 22. During the first 2 years of my career I have worked with dozens of individuals from ages 12-93yr old. I have worked with multiple types of physical injuries and health problems ranging from chronic lower back pain, diabetes, sciatica, nerve damage, Parkinsons, ACL injuries, rotator cuff tears, and more. I am determined to become better, not just as a trainer, but as someone who can make a difference in people's lives. As one of my favorite quotes go, "Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." ~ Albert Einstein. Never stop moving, never give up, and you will never lose your balance.