I BELIEVE MY PURPOSE...
is to heal, teach, and awaken others. The "how" of that purpose has taken many forms and continues to evolve. I walk humbly on my path with a grateful acknowledgement of the masters, teachers, and loved ones who have given me these tools and enriched my own practice and life.
Mindfulness. I began as an avid student of mindfulness and meditation and devotee of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. That journey led me to Plum Village twice where I took the five mindfulness trainings and received the Dharma name "Profound Willingness of the Heart." Since 2007, I have taught mindfulness and meditation to youth and adults across the U.S. and in Asia.
Reiki. Reiki was introduced to me through a generously gifted reiki session with Reiki Master Jennifer Joy Wilson. I have since been trained as a Reiki Level 1 Practitioner in 2013 and Reiki Level 2 Practitioner in 2014 with Reiki Master Ellen Ross Jue. I became a Personal Reiki Master in December 2016 under the guidance of Reiki Master Marsha Drozdoff at Desert Reiki Connection. In the Spring of 2017, I completed my Reiki Master Teacher Certification, which allows me to teach reiki to others. I have offered reiki to clients in private sessions, healing circles, yoga classes, and retreats.
Yoga. I started practicing yoga after I moved from the east coast to Tucson, AZ and found a home at Yoga Oasis. Amazing teachers such as Stephani Lindsey and Bruce Bowditch awakened me to the power of the practice. My practice has been enriched by the wise teachers I’ve met in California at the Yoga Center of Carmel including Jackie Pelosi and dunja lingwood and my newest teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I received my 200-Level Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga during the summer of 2016 at the Ayur-Yoga Eco Ashram (a Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance) in the southwest state of Karnataka, India. I studied under a stellar cast of teachers that have transformed my practice and will no doubt influence my teaching for lifetimes. They include Vinod Rayan, Swami Prabodh Chaitanya, Krishna Chaitanya, Lucas Fernando, and Lillie Jewell.
Since my yoga training in 2016, I've taught youth and adults in yoga studios, alternative education programs, community centers, and in private sessions. I currently teach yoga and meditation throughout the Bay Area, including at the Center for Trauma Sensitive Psychotherapy, Bernal Yoga, and the Yoga Center of Carmel.
My day job. I have a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, and I'm an assistant professor in Psychology at California State University Monterey Bay. In my research, I focus on the health and well-being of underrepresented young people. I teach Social Psychology & Social Justice and a new course I developed called "How to Love" on the art and science of love and intimacy. You can read more about my academic research and teaching here.