Dance and choreography had occupied all the hours of my childhood and teenage years. Later I worked teaching dance, creating cheer choreography and movement for kids. More of a natural love of the active lifestyle than a career, I continued to say yes to opportunities that sharpened my physical, mental strengths like running the marathon, surfing and snowboarding. With love, I gained and lost 50 pounds twice growing humans inside my body and for the first time, I felt the challenge of returning to a familiar, healthier self. Then I stumbled into yoga and indoor cycling. Since then I’ve trained people who lost more than 60 pounds. I’ve taught people to swim and lose their fear connected to pools. I hear daily from members that they lose themselves in the music during class. I am so grateful for all the experiences that dance has brought me.
My spin class is totally dancing on a bike. The music is a mix of textured dance tracks, sexy R&B and wildly inappropriate hip hop. I’ll throw some dark, moody rock into the playlist, a pop favorite that no one can deny and then surprise your mind with an old school jam. I don’t take requests. I play whatever I love. I try to take my riders places and fill the room with energy.
I joke that I’m not a spin Instructor just a DJ. Most people will tell you that I play the best music. But what I’ve discovered is that my talent may be in the building of the community, an etheric open arms vibe (and actual open arms) I give that allows people to just enjoy.
My yoga classes are meant to untangle the mind with soothing music and notice the bodies subtle or loud feelings. The sequences flow from a breath-centered beginning to an Iyengar style asanas to core strengthening exercises. I strive to provide a playful attitude in my class, leaving plenty of room for epiphanies and failures. My goal every class is to offer a safe place for your individual practice to grow.