What first brought you to yoga?
My high school water polo coach brought a yoga instructor to our practices where we would practice underwater yoga and breath work. We were given free access to his studio where I fell in love with my yoga practice. It’s helped reduce back pain from a motorcycle accident, helped with my core strength and flexibility, and has brought me peace of mind.
What is your education history?
I graduated from Bonita Vista High School. I was president of the surf team, played varsity water polo, and finished off my eleventh year of soccer during that time. I’ve explored different interests in college which include wilderness first responder, psychology, along with alcohol and other drug studies. As far as yoga goes, I’ve practiced Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Kundalini, Bikram, and Restorative Yoga.
Any notable or relevant accomplishments you’d like to share with us?
I set many records as a runner in middle school, but my love for the water kept me on the high school water polo team despite the track and football teams’ best attempts to get me to run/play with them!
What are your favorite hobbies?
My first love has always been surfing. I also love mountain biking and just being in nature. I’ve serviced and repaired cars both professionally and as a hobby. I specialize in European cars, but also spent time at Tesla as a repair technician.
Right after high school, I was in a motorcycle accident in the desert that led to some back issues including degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. I couldn’t let this stop me from doing the things that I love, so I see a special chiropractor regularly along with an Eastern medicine doctor who treats me with acupuncture and cupping therapy. I believe what has helped me the most both physically and mentally has been my yoga practice over the years. I will forever love and appreciate the many different practices of yoga.