Yoga became a part of my life several years ago when I discovered Yoga to be an excellent source of stress management and exercise. When I realized how amazing I felt after Yoga, I realized that it wasn't just the practice, but the instructor that was responsible for the glow I felt inside. I wanted to be able to share how I felt with others. I decided to become a yoga instructor in an immersion program in Maui.
The first step to becoming a Yoga Instructor is taking the 200YTT (200 hour Yoga Teacher Training) Certification. I attended the Maui Yoga Shala is on the beautiful island of Maui This intensive course included daily philosophy lessons, meditations guidance, asana technique, and Asana safety. Safety is an extremely important part of every practice.
I returned home to California ready to begin a teaching career and after a couple of years of teaching, I realized I was ready to take my practice and teaching skills to the next level. I was fortunate enough to find Cloud Nine Yoga School Founder, Erika Calig. When I met Erika, I knew immediately that I needed to study with her. I knew I could learn so much from her as an instructor and I'm so proud to continue today with her as my mentor and my friend. I completed the 300YTT Certification and upon completing this course, I am now an Advance Yoga Instructor, or a RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher with 500+ hours of training).
I began an intensive study of anatomy and postures to be able to teach Mat Pilates. Mat Pilates is a great practice to strengthen and tone the back, core, and the legs. My lower back felt a dramatic improvement from doing pilates three times per week. I began teaching Pilates in 2021. It's become an important part of my fitness routine.
My next goal now that I have an advanced certification is to become a Yoga Trainer. I will soon be leading Yoga Teacher Trainings to certify students who would like to become teachers. I'm thrilled for this next journey and can't wait to share it with anyone who is interested in becoming a Yoga Instructor or would like to deepen their practice.