"I was always searching for The Next Thing that was going to make me happy..."
If you would asked me 10 years ago what I would be doing with my life, never in a millions years would I have said...I’m going to be a yoga teacher and a massage therapist. Sometimes life has a funny way of leading you in a direction that you never originally intended or even dreamed of.
After moving to Chicago 2006 I began to find myself overworked, constantly on the go enjoying my new home...as a result I began to feel very ungrounded and stressed out and not feeling like myself anymore. A year and a half after I moved to Chicago, a co-worker of mine took me to a yoga class. While this was not my first yoga class, something this time clicked. I fell in love immediately and I found myself going back day after day. During this time I began to see how it was helping me manage my stress level with my job and how it was helping me to manage my life. Each class I would learn something new about myself. Fast forward 2 years, I came to realization I had to learn more. Then the same friend who took me to yoga suggested I check out massage therapy school and so I did...and the rest is history.
2009 the economy crashed, people were getting laid off and I found myself being one of those people. A blessing in disguise so the saying is. I believe it was that push I needed to move in this direction, as I was halfway through my massage therapy program at the Soma Institute. Soon after I completed my massage program ended I got an opportunity to be manager of Nature Yoga and at the same time enrolled in their Teacher Training under the direction of Mark Lerro and Erica Rumpel. I completed my 200hr training with them in 2011. Most recently in 2014 I have completed 100 hours of training with Maty Ezraty, original founder of YogaWorks.
Yoga helped me through a challenging transition in my life. I was always searching for the next thing that was going to make me happy - a new job, a new city, new clothes, etc. Yoga uncovered that everything I needed was already deep within me. For me, yoga has helped me uncover my true self.