Hometown: San Diego, California

Favorite Must Artist or Band: My favorite artist has to be Drake. He’s such an amazing lyricist! I also love all things 90s hip hop, rap, and R&B. Who can say no to some Fabolous and Biggie? 

On weekends you can be found: Most weekends I’m relaxing at home with my fiancé and our dog @frenchieham… or escaping the city/country to find a beach! I also love using the weekends to spend time with friends or exploring new places to eat. 

Favorite movie of all time: A Knight’s Tale; who doesn’t love a movie that combines comedy + romance + coming of age + action? 

Favorite time of day to get your practice in? After a long day at work/school, there’s nothing better than unwinding on my mat.

Dream Vacation: Anywhere I can scuba dive, lay on the beach, eat delicious food, and soak up the sun.

Favorite yoga pose: Headstand and crow. It really does depend what kind of mood I’m in though.  

Favorite post yoga snack: Citrus 1 from Pressed Juicery <3333

How did you get into yoga? I found yoga after injuring my lower back. After my first few classes, I was hooked! Not only did my back pain go away, but I found that yoga was a way for me to really connect with myself, tune inwards, and find peace.

What was your first class like? My first yoga class was actually a Bikram class. I was a sophomore in college, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was HOT in there and I thought I was going to pass out… but I made it through! After savasana, my mind felt so clear and my body felt amazing, so I kept going back. Now when I try new studios for the first time, I always enter with an open mind and I look for a place I can really vibe with and connect. The community, the vibe, the whole experience is what’s really going to connect with you and keep you coming back. 

A quote you love: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your personal mantra: I have three main mantras. First, love openly and approach life with an open mind… all opportunities and possibilities will find their way to you. Second, create memories and live life to the fullest. Finally, all things happen for a reason.

What’s your favorite part of Y7? What’s NOT to love about Y7? First, I love that everyone at Y7 is so down to earth—it seriously is a tribe! It’s also so easy to get lost in my own world with the music and candle-lit room. I find that I can just (spiritually) leave everything outside the room and just get lost in a beautiful moving meditation. There is so much emphasis on connecting breath to movement, that I find myself completely zoning out and zeroing in on how my body feels, how my mind feels, and how my breath feels.... and who doesn't love a good Savasana massage with eucalyptus oil at the end?? I also love that the flows are always creative, and I’m able to make the practice my own during “flow on your own”. Y7 is all about being able to express your creativity, whatever that may look like.