Health & Wellness
Like Mother, Like Daughter
From cooking to games, I was fortunate to be taught
tricked early on that being healthy was a fun activity. Physical education wasn’t just pickleball and running the mile in school for me, it was my mother’s lifestyle and passion. A personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and physical fitness competitor, my mother brought me to her gym at the Oahu Club to sit in on her pilates, nutrition, and Ho’opiopio (Rejuvenation) classes. When she was with a client, I was observing from afar, usually peddling backward on a stationary bike reading AARP articles about how early and consistent resistance training is crucial for bone health later in life. I’d be a helpful little trainer in training, standing a lot closer and holding like, a towel if the client was one of the stars from ABC’s hit show LOST -and losing my damn teenage mind if it was Josh Holloway.
Practically raised in a gym, I was so used to the facilities, machines, and programs, I didn’t think of exercise as this burdensome “to-do” because the attitudes around me were genuinely happy and healthy. The same came with dancing and playing sports. And whatever my activity of the season, my coaches and instructors all focused on proper body mechanics and form. After dancing for twelve years and playing in year-round sports for seven, their lessons ingrained in me how to move my body and to take care of it. Like all good things in life, this took time and dedication (trust me, when I fall out of my routine and habit, the struggle is real for me to get into the rhythm too)! The great thing is, we can all do things to live a happier, healthier life. I’m here to inspire and show you all the ways I know how to do just that.
Yoga Student, Yoga Teacher
I delved deeper into how the brain and mind work with the body while earning my bachelor’s degree in psychology. In my first year, I started practicing yoga regularly and enough to appreciate not only the physical benefits but the mental benefits from it too. I noticed yoga improved both my immediate mood in class as well as my overall state of mind well-after rolling up my mat. Long-term, though my courses and my workload only became more challenging, I wasn’t as stressed because I found a way to regain real peace of mind in a way I wasn’t able to achieve through other activities (running, improv, or partying). A scientist by trade, the results I observed were in and my views on health and wellness began to evolve. In general, when it comes to feeling good and living well, I prefer the proactive approach to prevent injury and illness as a way of increasing one’s quality life -giving the body what it needs over neglecting it to the point of crisis and relying on a pill or a surgery they have for that.
Years later, I received my 200 E-RYT Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teacher certification from Dr. Jaime Sanchez, founder of the West-East Healing School of Yoga. Our curriculum focused on anatomy and physiology and intensive class sequencing design with an emphasis on Sivananda, Iyengar, and Hatha yoga styles. We also studied meditation, the principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Bandhas, and Pranayama, as well as the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras. One of the biggest takeaways in training for me was how to re-educate the nervous and muscle systems, strengthen the body, and reduce stress with yoga to undo the damage of daily misalignment and anxieties, which is so important in this digital age, as so many of us spend long hours sitting at our desks these days (myself included)! I want to spend my life sharing the benefits of yoga and am always happy to hear everyone’s experience with it. You can drop me a line or find me in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA teaching Vinyasa flow and Hatha yoga classes, guiding students on linking breath to movement and having a lot of fun incorporating my dance background leading ballet barre exercises.