After high school I started taking college classes and feeling aimless as I had no clue what I was going to do the rest of my life. I started figuring out what I did not want, and quickly came to know that I wanted to find a way to help others.
In 2012 I obtained both a Bachelors and Masters degree in social work, graduating top five in my class. Since then I have worked with adults with various mental health diagnoses, families with children exhibiting disruptive behaviors, child survivors of sexual trauma and exploitation, children and adolescents with inappropriate sexualized behaviors and complex trauma. By 2018 I obtained a social work license, becoming a registered LCSW with the state of Florida, granting me the ability to work with clients independently.
My love for yoga began in 2014 when I took my first class. Due to increasing stress as an individual therapist, I turned to yoga in order to find my strength. I became determined to make it to a class when I wasn't working. I had so much passion for what I did to aid clients and their families on a daily basis, however I began finding myself absorbing their pain. Slowly, it felt as though yoga brought back my light.
I eventually completed my yoga teacher training through the Fluidus Method, developed by well known local Miami yogis, Jason Lawner and Carlos Toa Sanchez. The Fluidus Method is a form of teaching yoga that emphasizes both optimal postural alignment as well as somatic body awareness, all while practicing asana. I slowly began to see the physical impacts of emotional distress and trauma in the body connected with the benefits of restoring simple functional movements along with intricate body awareness.
In 2016 I began teaching adults and children in community classes across Miami, leading students in various types of movement such as Vinyasa, Restorative and Power, taking into consideration the Fluidus Method alignment. However, harmonizing the practice of yoga asana, mindfulness, breath and somatic engagement within the flow of each class has been the gateway to understanding how the mind, emotions and body find connection; therein assisting my clients with how they can associate with their bodies in a world that can be chaotic, rushed and judgmental. Quickly, I noticed that if clients were able to connect and relax their physical body, they would respond to emotional triggers with much more ease, promoting a reduction in symptoms and an increase in overall functioning.
In the spring of 2021 I obtained my Hypnotherapy certification, taking me further into the world of understanding the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind and how they play a role in the creation of belief patterns and cognitive distortions that ultimately lead us to our habits and why we do what we do.
My goal as a therapist and yoga practitioner is to share this form of healing with others. I take what I have learned through the years of experience and practice, and combine it with a sense of meditation through movement, prana and somatic connection, allowing one to feel grounded in an effort to promote overall welling.