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As women we are being called to wake up, rise up, and break free from the ways we have hidden who we really are. It’s my absolute passion to guide you towards rediscovering a relationship with your essential self, deeply appreciating your body, and playfully learning to listen to your intuition. I do all of this through a range of modalities: yoga, self care, mentoring, and other tried-and- true practices, all of which bring you into connection with your sacred self.

I’m not into quick fixes or scripted exercise and yoga routines, which in my opinion, are outdated models that limit you from the unique language of your body.

I believe that opening to your body’s natural wisdom is the missing piece of the equation we’ve all been waiting for.
I believe - and have built my work around this belief - that it’s time for a new collaborative, feminine, embodied approach to life. One that allows you to create a way of living and moving that nourishes you, feels pleasurable, and brings you back to a juicy connection to yourself.

And that’s exactly what I’m here to do.
Now, imagine you and me relaxing on my couch, sipping yummy cups of tea while I share with you how Yoga’licious came to be...
1988

The story begins back in 1988. I was 5 years old and was so thrilled to be attending ballet class. I distinctly remember being in the dressing room putting on my cute pink leotard at the studio when a fellow student commented on how big my thighs were. In that moment, while I couldn’t put words like shame and embarrassment to it at the time, I felt myself start to shut down and want to hide.

For as long as I can remember I was obsessed with what went in my mouth, what I said, and what people thought about me. 

1995

I started my struggle with anorexia at the tender age of 12. At that time my parents created a plan of action that included leaving school for 6 months of outpatient treatment. Even though I wasn’t actively suffering from anorexia, the remainder of junior high and high school was hard as I often felt out of place, too sensitive, awkward, and like I never quite fit in.

2001

Fast forward to 2001, I was a freshman at UCSB. It was my first time away from home, and all too quickly old and yet familiar feelings of not being good enough and striving to fit in came rushing back. What started as my desire to stay healthy, soon became a daily dose of over-exercising, restricting my calories, and feeling as at war with myself as I did when I was 12.

And then came that pivotal moment in my journey that would forever change the trajectory of my life. 

It had been a month since being asked to leave UCSB in order to get well. I was in denial, I was angry at my family and I was refusing treatment. I went to the gym one early morning in April, and as I drove home I was overcome with dizziness and I ultimately ended up in the ER. Waking up there, an internal alarm sounded, and I really understood that if I continued to make the choices I was making I was headed down a path of losing my life.

I knew it was time to make a shift; I could not keep living this way!

I was scared and resistant yet somewhere deep down inside I heard a voice of what I could only call my essential self saying, “You are ready. There is so much more you are meant to do and share with this world.” 

2002

Then in May of 2002 I took one of the biggest steps in my life as I checked into UCLA eating disorder treatment center for 4 months. From there, my relationship with my body and myself began to shift. The critical way in which I spoke about and to my body, what I believed, and how I treated myself all began to soften.

Later that year I returned to UCSB and spent the next 4 years finishing my degree in Sociology and Exercise Health and Science and soon after graduation I launched my personal training business. At the time it was a great next step for me to experience actually being in my body.

2009

Moving ahead to 2009 at the finish line of a triathlon, having come so far, my life as I knew it metaphorically blew up again. 

Even though I had made so many shifts, I realized how much I had still been hiding who I really was. It became clear to me that the way I was living my life was out of alignment and I had no idea who I really was and what I wanted.

Many times I had to ask myself, “Can I be comfortable in this radical and complete unknown?”

2010

As I struggled with what ‘next’ might look like, I stumbled into a yoga class in 2010. 

Keep in mind, that at this time I was still very traditionally Type A and yoga was FAR from my list of activities of interest. But something kept drawing me back to those classes that I couldn’t articulate. I experienced a deep appreciation, softening, and respect for my body in a way that had previously been silenced.

It is mind blowing what time can do! Honestly as I am sharing all this with you now, I feel like I am telling you the story of another girl.

The way I relate to myself and my body now has so radically shifted; it’s like the old me has died and I’ve come back to life in this lifetime.  

2011

In 2011, I made the difficult but purely heart-led decision to close down my personal training business and launch Yoga’licious, which at the time was a weekly blog with a yoga pose and a recipe. I had zero financial security but I knew that was where I was meant to be.

Yoga’licious has evolved through the years into the myriad of offerings it is today. I feel in all my being and heart that I am living my soul’s purpose. I am humbled and sometimes want to pinch myself when I think about the amazing women I get to play with each day and to see my vision come to life in service of others.

What makes our work together so powerful and unique is that as an intuitive, sensitive, playful mentor and guide, I am in a place of collaboration with you.
I am in my zone of genius when I am connecting, supporting and playing with women in their journey back home to themselves. As I am witness to your unique evolution, I experience a visceral aliveness that can only be attributed to doing what I love.

I imagine your story may not be exactly like my story. Or maybe it is. You may have never struggled with body image, or perhaps it’s a daily challenge. My offerings are designed to meet you wherever you are at and to help guide you home to your delicious self.

Here’s what I have come to learn
over the years:

  • There is not ‘one right way’ to exercise or practice yoga
  • There is not ‘one right way’ to eat
  • There is not ‘one right way’ to express yourself
  • There is not ‘one right way’ to be a daughter, a mother, a lover, a friend
  • There is not ‘one right way’ to love yourself
  • The “rule book” is already inside you!

My experience and more technical details: 

  • 200 hour RYT through Baron Baptiste
  • 300 hour Saul David Raye, advanced studies Yoga Training program. Three modules successfully completed including Earth & Sky, Bhakti Veda, and Sun, Moon, & Fire.
  • E-RYT 500 – (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. Successfully completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training program and taught a minimum of four years)
  • Studied and Continue to Study Somatic Body Intelligence Coaching with Katie Hendricks of The Hendricks Institute
  • Studied personal coaching and rituals with Joanna Lindenbaum, of Joanna Lindenbaum International, since 2011
  • Numerous hours of workshops and ongoing learning
  • Numerous hours of teaching private and group classes (upwards of thousands of hours)

 

If you’ve made it this far, you might want to know some fun facts about me, too:

  • I love to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter right out of the jar.
  • I am a huge musical theater nerd! I did musical theater all through high school, and I know almost every word to every song of the musical Rent.
  • I have a spontaneous and unrelenting urge to dance and sing.
  • I enjoy creating new words and new languages.
  • I love to laugh and be silly…A LOT!
  • I am an only child
  • I LOVE dogs

If there’s any way I can sum up what I’ve learned from my journey to share it with you, it would be this:

 

Your enough-ness isn’t measured by a formula, box, size, or the hottest yoga pose on Instagram – it is in you right now, so go out there and shine!

Inside of each of us there is a whole world of possibilities that is just waiting to emerge. Support can empower you in ways that you have likely never experienced. You already have the answers. My role is to help you unveil them and awaken you to the magic within! Let’s play!