I am a native of Virginia Beach. I am many things in life: I am a trainer, a competitor, culinary student, yoga teacher, and student. Yoga has always struck my curiosity since I was a teenager. Always stepping on the mat for a more physical aspect, not realizing that was just scratching the surface. I did not fall deep into yoga until about 7 years ago when I visited a close friend in Carlsbad CA. Everyday I tried a new studio with a different style experiencing some of the different dynamics of yoga, but the philosophy aspect is what drew me in. In order to feed my curiosity I visited the nearby Encinitas Ashram Center and Meditation Gardens. The Encinitas Temple inspired me to learn more. After my trip I started practicing and studying yoga on my own until I did my 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Nook, teaching me the fundamentals of yoga. So I try to intertwin this knowledge with my everyday life, and share it with my other profession as a personal trainer because yoga can benefit anyone and everyone in so many different ways. In fact in my life I’ve watched people close to me struggle with their health and how it has affected them physically and emotionally. This has driven me to become tremendously passionate in helping others to make a lifestyle change mentally and physically. Personally yoga has helped keep balance in my life, and helped me physically by building strength and flexibility in my body for bodybuilding competitions. Remember Yoga is like an obstacle race: many obstructions are purposely put on the way for us to pass through. They are there to make us understand and express our own capacities. We all have that strength, but we don’t seem to know it. So I use yoga to help myself and others find the strength in the mind and the body.