How did you find yoga?
My practice started 13 years ago in my living room with a VHS tape. I was lost, confused, and frustrated about the direction of my life. I worked countless hours, for thankless jobs in corporate America. It seemed as though my health was failing at every turn and I was often feeling stressed, down and out. At the core, I knew my life was meant for service but via waiting tables or managing retail stores.
The more I practiced, the more I started to feel a tremendous weight lifted off of my heart. I had no idea about the profound effects of the practice, all I knew is that it made me relaxed and energized at the same time.
How are you courageous?
I would say that I am very courageous and independent. I moved across the country on my own from Chicago to Venice Beach to pursue my dreams of being a yoga teacher in L.A. I also went to live in India for two months by myself to study yoga under the Raja Yoga tradition for Hatha and Ashtanga yoga in Rishikesh.
During my stay I also had the privilege of studying under Usha Devi, the direct disciple of BKS Iyangar. Along my travels I met my Guru Ji Mooji. His teachings of the truth of our identity, and laws of the universe, resonated directly into my heart.
I think it’s important to go for it in life, you never know what you can achieve unless you try.
What are some of your rituals?
I burn sage before I meditate to clear the space. Then I burn palo santos to evoke Mother/Father god.
Advice for beginners?
No one is paying attention to your practice, try not to judge yourself too harshly. Everything is a process, be patient….(ha – I should listen to my own advice). It requires patience and constant work to be at ease and trusting in the perfection of how things are.