"My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be."
Dr. Wayne Dyer
This is my Story
I did not grow up an athlete. I dabbled in tennis and running in high school but did not start my fitness journey until my college years. I spent the good part of a decade running, running and running until I finally burnt out and stumbled into my first yoga class after moving from Richmond to Washington D.C. I instantly felt the calming effect of yoga. It calmed my anxieties associated with a demanding career in international fundraising. My D.C. studio (Flow Yoga Center) provided an amazing sense of community and I was compelled to complete my 200 hour teaching training. Yoga continued to be my source of inspiration, and started me on my journey towards self-awareness, patience and acceptance of myself both on and off the mat. My yoga journey continued through a move to Los Angeles, then eventually back to my hometown of Richmond, VA and two pregnancies.
In late 2012, I experienced my first real injury—a torn hip labrum. I am very grateful for this setback because it has helped me become a more knowledgeable and insightful coach. In order to avoid surgery I began strength training. Needless to say I was less than enthusiastic. Yoga was the end all be all for me and I had no interest in lifting weights. However, if I did not at least try this option I would be on crutches for 4-6 weeks post-op chasing a one year old! So with great reluctance, I sporadically started weight training and after several months my pain subsided. By that point I was hooked as I noticed both my yoga practice became stronger and aesthetically I looked better.
By the time I had a regular training practice my marriage came to an end. I had been studying under the StrongFirst system of strength through this time. Their mantra is “Strength has a larger purpose.” Never has a phrase become so ingrained in my thoughts, actions and spirit. Moving forward as a single mother of two boys and starting a new career as a strength coach was indeed scary and challenging but it has brought me more satisfaction than I could have ever imagined. I am so blessed to work with amazing clients each day sharing with them my passion for kettlebells, yoga, bodyweight training and nutrition. And I would be honored to help you on your journey to a healthy lifestyle!
Precision Nutrition Level 1
StrongFirst Bodyweight Instructor
StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise
Registered Yoga Teacher, Flow Yoga Center, Washington D.C.
Shiva Rea: Flow of Pregnancy, Pre/Postnatal Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga
MA Yoga, Yoga of Pregnancy, a prenatal teacher training with Dr. Eden Fromberg and Mia Borgotta
Certified Relax and Renew Trainer® with Judith Hansen Lasater
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