Born and raised on the beautiful island of Guam, I grew up surrounded by tropical sunshine, rainbows and the deep blue ocean. I have learned to adore and embrace each sunrise as a reminder that every day is a gift and an opportunity to help.
I relocated to southern California in 1997 where I attained a degree in Health Science with a major in Nursing, specializing in oncology, and a minor degree in music, with an emphasis piano pedagogy.
In 2000 after facing life threatening health issues, I began my ashtanga yoga practice for healing and wellness. Since then, my overall well-being was not only transformed but also my outlook on life’s purpose and meaning. I invested my time in deeper study of the practice, gaining knowledge of the Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and therapeutic purposes for transformation. A healthy diet, practice, and outlook on life became of utmost importance. Each day the practice of yoga, mindful breathing, and meditation provides a solid foundation of gratitude and joy to life.
During my days I advocate and navigate cancer patients through their cancer journey with a non-profit foundation. In the early mornings and evenings I deeply enjoy every opportunity to teach and mentor new practitioners and students in exploring the profound benefits of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. The perfect compliment to my oncology nursing practice! This has became a precious facet of my life.
I am in love with my Ashtanga Yoga Practice for its gifts which poured into my life
Yoga practice is a beautiful addition to a healthy lifestyle. The power of breathing is profound.
We have a chance every day to rise, shine, and appreciate every breath of life. The choice is up to us - we are accountable. My belief is that our greatest health insurance is to take care of ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually as this is the body and mind we live in today.
To propagate the practice that changed my life, I founded Shala Santosha Yoga & Wellness. I offer my dharma and seva to a growing sangha in Haiku, Maui.
I also donate time to sharing this therapeutic yoga practice with at risk and under served populations.
My love for teaching has evolved to sharing yoga & wellness workshops, teacher training, private yoga therapy coaching, retreats, and organizing health and wellness programs which integrate yoga with health in medical facilities.
Each year, I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to invest my time into continued education with my Ashtanga teachers. I have the greatest respect and gratitude to my teachers Manju Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, David Swenson, David Williams, Ken Harukuma, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, Jo Ichihara, Jack Fisher for instilling in me the true meaning and purpose of the practice.