Tell us a bit about yourself.
That is always such a tough question! Well, I'm easy going, born and raised in Los Angeles, love the sun, and believe in always learning and bettering myself. I'm addicted to movement because it brings out the best in me, and fell in love with ballet at a very young age. I went on to dance in college as a USC Song Girl, then a Los Angeles Clipper Girl, and then a Los Angeles Laker Girl. I began training Pilates clients when I was 18 and have seen my clients transform into their best selves. It's the most rewarding experience! I love what I do!
You seem to do it all - dance, yoga, pilates barre, what's next?
There is something I'm working on in each of these areas. I still have so much more to learn! That's what is so amazing about these mind-body activities. Each is a journey, a challenge, a reflection of yourself, and it's how I grow. The dedication it takes to learn a new move, new choreography, a new yoga pose, a new inversion is incredible tough each time, but I put myself through the test and practice my patience, dedication, and discipline.
Besides this though, I would like to get better at surfing! :)
What's your active life mantra?
If you don't use, you lose it. This is the one mantra that keeps me consistent. I'll admit that I was very cocky in my late teens/early twenties about my body. It was resilient and powerful. As I've matured I've learned that the body is only as good as you treat it. So in order to keep my body thriving, I stretch daily, I meditate daily, I foam roll daily, go upside down daily, and dance daily. I encourage everyone to do activities that gets them excited so they can look forward to sweating once a day. Even if it's just walking along the beach! Just move!
What (or who) keeps you motivated?
I know this may sound so cheesy but my fellow fitness enthusiasts on instagram give me a daily charge of energy for creativity and open mindedness. I've created friendships with other yogis and fitness enthusiasts on instagram through challenges or yoga meet-ups, and seeing a glimpse into their daily practice, or a new trick they learned, or a cool pose they posted, really inspires me to challenge myself. I love commenting and sending good vibes to my fellow instagram fitness peeps. They're energy inspires me, and I hope I do the same for them!
What does a typical workout look like for you?
A power yoga class that focuses on strength and inversions, A Pilates reformer class, a mat pilates or Barre class, a run on the beach, Ballroom dancing, or Salsa dancing. For my rest days I like walking on the Manhattan Beach strand. And every night before bed I stretch and foam roll. I especially love foam rolling on my upper back to reverse any sitting and slouching I did that day.
What are your favourite healthy cafes or hangout spots in LA?
Kreation Cafe, Cafe Gratitude, Lemonade, True Food Kitchen, Urth Cafe. I love going to the Green in Santa Monica to practice AcroYoga, and Monsoons on 3rd street for Salsa dancing. Palos Verdes has my favorite hikes with amazing views of Catalina Island, and Manhattan Beach is my favorite local beach, along with its hip restaurants and mellow vibe.
What's on your Vie Active wish list?
EVERYTHING! haha. But seriously everything is amazing, I didn't do a very good job just picking a few...
OMG your Yoga Mat
! This is definitely my #1 on my wish list! Would be amazing to practice on everyday!
Also anything in the brown leopard :)
It's coming up to the holiday season, what are your tips for staying active and healthy for the holidays?
1. If you just had a hefty meal, go for a brisk walk. Invite other people to join you. Not only does this burn the food you just ate, it gets you away from the food, and back in control. There is something about moving that puts your brain in the right mindset.
4. Don't offer to take the leftover cheesecake. If you're forced into it, don't feel bad about throwing it away when you get home. It's better off in the trash than on your thighs.
Be unique, and don't become a statistic! Stay active and healthy this holiday season.