*Peace through Power Yoga
Originally from Florida, USA, I have been living in Berlin, Germany for the last 15 years, and teaching Vinyasa flow since 1999. My life looked much differently, however, before disovering yoga 20 years ago. Back then, I was a high-strung, ambitious overachiever wanting to be number one and willing to do anything to achieve the image of "success" I had built up in my mind. I was a Junior Olympic athlete (wrestling) when I was younger, and went into banking upon graduation from University. I worked 60-70 hours per week and was training much too hard for my body, not giving myself the proper rest I needed. In my mid-20s, I experienced a near burn-out, was suffering from panic attacks, couldn't sleep at night, and was in constant pain. Luckily, I had the good fortune to stumble across a yoga studio that my massage therapist recommended to me. Walking out of that first class, I seemed to truly feel the earth beneath my feet for the first time, and was filled with a sense of calm and centerdness I'd never experienced before. This experience changed my life. Today, I am teaching workshops and retreats around the world, and am dedicating my life to others through my Travel with a Purpose and YogaKids Uganda projects, where I am leading retreats in partnership with an orphanage in Rishiskesh, India, and working on bringing trauma-informed yoga therapists to work with ex-child soldiers near Kampala, Uganda. I am also working strongly on the shamanic plant medicine path as Director of Apotheosis (www.apotheosisretreat.com) and Lead Facilitator for Synthesis (www.synthesisretreat.com) Additionally, I am a tantra an sexual dearmouring healer, Reiki Master and Legacy Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. My desire is to help others to step out of the conditioning of society and their own minds, which often prevent us from stepping into our true authenticity, and limit us from realizing our ultimate potentials.