4 years ago, as I was sitting on my $1 yoga mat purchased from a local garage sale in Southern California, I had no idea where this 100° hot yoga class would lead me. All I knew at the time was that I desperately needed a new positive direction in my life, and for all it was worth, I was willing to do whatever it took to discover what it meant to be happy. After 90 minutes of deep inhalations and slow exhalations, my heart was beating at a rate no less than 165 beats per minute. Every pore in my body opened up with perspiration, as if toxins were taking a grand exit to make space for positive changes. I continued coming to class on a daily basis, determined to keep my balance and not to fall out of standing bow.I was determined to eventually straighten my legs in standing separate leg stretch,trusting that one day, the top of my head would reach the ground. Most importantly, I was determined to learn what it meant to truly relax and completely let go in savasana,opening up my heart to trust in the process. I have learned so much about my limitations and my strengths through yoga, and have a deep desire to share with others my experience. With a background in a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Bikram, Sivananda, Kundalini, Hatha, Iyengar, Hot, and Power Yoga, I am currently a self-studying yoga teacher, grateful for the opportunity to share the practice with the Tokyo community.
I also hold a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies-Political Science, and a Master's Degree in International Affairs from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). I've had the privilege to travel to and live abroad in South Korea, Vietnam, Namibia, Chad, and Japan. To learn more about my professional experience in International Development, please visit my LinkedIn in the tab below.