I tried my first yoga class in 2005 while pregnant with my second son, and have been practicing ever since then. For the past 7 years, I have practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Ashtanga yoga builds strength, flexibility and discipline. It keeps my body healthy, my mind clear, but most of all, it teaches me to be strong and to never give up.
In June 2018, I spent one month studying and practicing with head authority of Ashtanga Yoga lineage, Sharath Jois, at the Sharath Yoga Center in Mysore, India. In 2016 and 2018, I also practiced with him during his International Yoga Tours.
In July of 2015, I completed the 5-week Ashtanga Intensive at the well known Miami Life Center, in Miami Beach, Florida with master teachers Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann.
I completed the "Yoga Anatomy" course by Leslie Kaminoff, where I learned about the breath, body alignment and movements of the spine. I learned most importantly how to view the body as a whole, how to integrate the breath with movement, use proper alignment and work with the strength and flexibility of the body to experience each pose fully.
I have been a member of Yoga Alliance since 2010, the organization that regulates yoga worldwide.
Yoga is a personal practice, where I am constantly learning and observing. It’s not about teaching my body a new pose, but about teaching my mind that with practice, patience, determination, dedication and faith, I can overcome obstacles and achieve my goals.
Since I was a teenager I have been interested in nutrition, healthy eating and fitness.
In my early teenage years I put on extra weight due to irregular meals and unhealthy snacking. After going on a balanced diet and incorporating daily physical activity, I quickly returned to my ideal weight. I realised early on how important it was to have a regular meal schedule, eat homemade foods and move my body. It’s not always easy, but I enjoy the challenge of actively working towards a healthier lifestyle.
As I look back on each of the different stages in my life, I can see I was always health conscious, but I didn't always make the best choices. The more I researched and learned about nutrition, I made changes to my diet and lifestyle. I know which foods give me more energy, which foods I am sensitive to and which foods to avoid for healthy glowing skin and a good night sleep. Although, there are many fad-diets and different dietary theories, I found a way of eating that works best for me.
In July of 2017, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. IIN teaches two important concepts:
Bio-individuality. We are all unique! We can see our uniqueness in the clothes we wear, the careers we pursue and the activities we enjoy. Discovering our bio-individuality takes time and constant effort. It can also change over time. It requires us to look inwards and listen to our body’s wants and needs.
Primary Foods. Primary foods are all the aspects of our life that nourish us. Our relationships, career, spirituality, physical exercise, finances, home environment and many more. All these aspects affect how we look, feel and our general outlook on life.
What we eat impacts us on every level, but being healthy isn't only about the foods we eat. Being healthy is about finding balance in all areas of our life.
This year I took on a new challenge and I am deepening my knowledge in an advanced course of Gut Health at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. My goal as a Health Coach is to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle through the practice of yoga and healthy lifestyle habits. There is no need for restrictive diets, counting calories or spending endless hours at the gym. As Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut”, taking care and improving your gut health will have a positive impact in your overall health.
Through my coaching programs you’ll understand on a deep level what works best for you and why. I will guide and motivate you to find a diet and lifestyle habits that work for you. Learn more about my health coaching programs.