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Over yoga docent Dulcinea

I came to yoga after years of long-distance running. I had just finished running a half marathon, and my feet and ankles were swollen with tendinitis. After having come to running as a way to cope with trauma and to come home to myself, I was sad that I was going to have to step away from it to heal my feet. Then, my friend at the time who was a Vinyasa teacher, encouraged me to take a class. I was completely blown away from the feeling I got from an hour of getting to know my breath in a new way, and investigating the connection to self through the physical form. I was hooked.

I continued to practice both on my own and occasionally with some teachers online, my home practice became very special to me for years to come. Eventually, I started to explore more Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, in studios and at home. My practice grew far beyond the physical, as I started exploring creativity and spirituality on my mat just as much.  Long before my love of movement, I have always been an artist as well. I have been drawing and painting since I was a small child, and over the years I have earned my Bachelors and Masters in Fine Arts. You could say I am a woman of many interests, constantly searching for all the rich corners of beauty in this life.

After about five years of consistent yoga practice, I had friends asking me when I was going to become a teacher. I knew this was something that interested me, but I felt the importance in taking this path slowly and intentionally. This path of practice is one to sustain a lifetime, and I wanted to make sure I found my right teacher, the right training program, and that I felt I had important teachings to share. I wanted to find a yoga path that held equality, justice, creativity, and true compassion as central pillars to the practice. I wanted to find a yoga school that emphasized the importance of community: the importance of taking care of each other. I got incredibly lucky when I found my teachers, Greta Hill and Sianna Sherman of the Rasa Yoga School. Rasa Yoga is a Tantric style of yoga, a study that honors both the shadow and the light as equally important. I took my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Greta from 2018 to 2019, and ever since I have devoted myself as a Rasika: as one who savors each and every flavor of this life.

Over time, I found my asana, meditation, and artistic practices merging their way towards each other until one day I realized: these are all one practice. One practice of bringing the sacred back into our world. My intention is to help my students reflect on what a sacred life might mean to them, and to give them the tools to practice svadhyaya, or self study, in a compassionate way. I want my students to remember they are full and whole, just as they are, while also pushing them to find new thresholds of expansion and connection. I am beyond grateful for the past decade I have spent devoting myself to this practice, and for all the decades to come.


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