I am a Los Angeles native who lives to bring the benefits of living and being well to every curve of the Earth. I really enjoy connecting with others and learning new ways to keep this life abundantly beautiful and most of all to live fully and wholeheartedly.
Yogini On the Mat
Preferred Yoga Style
Hatha Yoga & Yin
Random fact/favorite movie or book or word, food etc.
Random fact: I ride my bike for fun and to commute. I often try to do tricks on the open road!
What made you start practicing yoga? What brought you to it?
The natural progression of my life is what got me to start practicing yoga. I found a lovely yoga studio right in my neighborhood that had been there for 3 years before I noticed it. I was 20 years old and ready to step into my purpose .. and so it was.
What anchors your practice? Do you set an intention for yourself before you practice?
What anchors my practice is how beneficial Yoga is on almost every level of health and well being. When I practice I know that I am improving my quality of life and improving how I show up and be present for others.
Tell me about your practice? any aspects you'd like to share
My typical yoga practice is a self-practice from home or outdoors. I’m always doing some fluid movement and some intuitive flow just to get grounded in my body before practicing. Because I really love to dance and have taken classes throughout my life that’s also a big part of me as well.
From there I either get into my Intuitive sequence which is me just moving and flowing through the poses or I’m working through a specific sequence I previously created.
My practice is also when I learn about myself and get closer to what links the poses together.
What challenges have you faced while practicing Yoga?
A challenge I have faced is bringing that inner peace into every pose no matter how simple or intricate it is. I learned from a teacher that “it’s not about the shapes it is about the consciousness of the pose.”
Yoga originated to helps us transcend ordinary consciousness. So when we practice we should be going beyond and incorporating our entire being. Body, breath, focus, and heart all need to be activated. Developing this in every posture has challenged me.
The most changing aspect of your journey?
When I realized I am highly passionate about wellness and yoga and it’s all I wanted to do. It was life-changing for me to decide to adjust my life to what fueled me. I had thought I needed to follow the blueprint I was told rather than follow what was being shown to me. Once I finally decided to fully step into it, I’ve never looked back.
How does your practice impact the lives of others?
I’m more compassionate towards people. Yoga opens my heart and helps me feel.
What are some things yoga has taught you about yourself/others?
Yoga has shown me how unique we really are. It has shown me the depth of our connectedness. It has shown me how much life is meant for me to thrive. How I’m made to fully bloom here on Earth. It has shown me those same things in others.
How does Yoga make you feel?
Yoga makes me feel light and powerful. Beautiful graceful and badass!
How can someone alleviate hesitation to yoga?
Find a friend that loves Yoga and go with them to a class! The blissful feeling after a yoga class is contagious.
Discuss Back Yogi stigmas
I can’t say that there are any specific stigmas I know about Black Yogis. If anything they’d the same stigmas you generally see expressed about Black people. From the Black Yogis I know, we’re all great and have a great time with Black Yogis and people from other backgrounds.
Discuss yoga & Black Mental Health & Wellness
Yoga is beneficial for mental health. Period.
People typically are more aware of their breath due to the teacher’s guidance in the class. Full deep breaths directly soothe and calm the system. Our bodies begin to return to homeostasis our home setting within. We start feeling like all is well when the breath is properly engaged. This can help anyone that is experiencing any disturbances with their mental health. And they can learn techniques to help when they are in those darker or more anxious moments.
My mother deals with depression and anxiety. When she came to my last event, during the meditation I saw her entire being tapped in. She was fully there and at peace.
How do you feel about the representation of Black Yogis?
We need more. Period.
How does/has your hair affect your practice?
It doesn’t unless I have Bantu knots then I can’t do a headstand. Haha but there are other inversions to do instead!
Favorite/ Most challenging pose
Favorite and most challenging is handstand.
If you had to describe your life in the form of a yoga pose, which pose would it be?
My life right now in the form an of yoga pose would be mountain pose. Right now I’m being lead to be still, stable, constant and reach new heights.
Find some great yoga instructors on social media or in person and support them! Make them your friend. Most people that are passionate about Yoga are also passionate about being the best person they can be. And that’s the kind of people I recommend being around.
Also, explore different yoga studios and classes, find what works so you can develop your own practice.
Research the benefits of the breath and find some techniques that work for you.
Follow your intuition. Follow what works for you and what you’re naturally drawn to.
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“Most people that are passionate about Yoga are also passionate about being the best person they can be. And that’s the kind of people I recommend being around.“
Q. Are you passionate about being the best person you can be?