Passionate About Inspiring Others
WHAT I DO
Our desire to grow and evolve is deeply ingrained in our human psyche and DNA. Yet, most human beings have a difficult time making changes, even when they know that those changes would make a big difference in their life.
Why is change hard?
Our mind is wired for comfort, safety and security. It follows habits and patterns of thought and behavior that have been carved into our brain pathways for years. Have you ever tried brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand? Try it! You will know exactly what I mean.
I help people overcome their fears and discover their life purpose by concentrating in their Personal Growth. To achieve this, I combine universal principles of life coaching, Yoga techniques, and modern psychology.
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WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU
Life Coaching: Guidance Through Universal Principles
I've been a Life Coach for several years— without knowing it. As a Yoga Teacher and Community Educator, people started coming to me with great questions: How do I get more energy? How can I be more positive? How do I change my diet? How do I develop the strength and discipline to start a Yoga practice?
People often ask me how do I stay so healthy, how do I stay positive, and where do I get my energy. They tell me that I must be one of the "lucky ones" that were born healthy. But this is not entirely accurate. Although genetics play a small role in our mental and physical health, health and well-being is available to everyone. It starts with developing important habits in early childhood and continues throughout our lives with discipline and willingness to stay healthy.
"You really have to want to be healthy and be willing to stay healthy so that inspires your ability to stay focused." ~ Yogini Claudia
It is true that I had a positive example of health growing up in my family. My father was an athlete. He exercised daily and participated in competitive sports. A disciplined and healthy man in every aspect of his life, he often advised me on how to be internally and externally strong and healthy. At home, he didn't allow fast food, unhealthy snacks, or sodas. We ate healthy, natural, fresh foods every day. These healthy and positive habits provided a solid foundation in my life, but it was up to me to continue making wise decisions, informing myself, and maintaining my health.
Throughout my life, I've observed people's mental states, eating habits, and level of passion in their life, work and relationships. I knew that I had a talent and skill to offer to others and contribute to the improvement of their mental and physical health.
My passion for Personal Growth and psychology propelled me to study a Master's in Clinical Mental Health (I'm currently a third-year graduate student) where I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practices. CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenges as opportunities to grow and respond to them in a more effective way.
Universal Principles of Yoga
I incorporate to my Life Coaching practice, the teachings of Vedanta-- a school of Hindu philosophy believed to be one of the classic paths to spiritual realization in Hindu tradition. This philosophy refers to the idea of the true-self, or Atman, as the highest metaphysical Reality (Brahman). Realizing and connecting with our true-self is the goal of every human being.
To benefit from this ancient wisdom, we have to be open to understanding these principles. The smartest people in history did not follow dogma or established ideas; they were not necessarily religious but had a curiosity for real and rational spirituality. They had an insatiable thirst for truth and higher knowledge.
Did you know that Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American inventor and futurist, attended Vedanta talks and teachings?
The non-religions teachings of Vedanta can be beneficial in helping individuals to know themselves and achieve liberation and self-realization.
How do we achieve self-realization? By acquiring knowledge (vidyā) of one's true identity or true-self (Atman).
"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far." ~ Swami Vivekananda
Yoga Teachings: An Effective Personal Growth Tool
I've always been athletic and health-oriented. During my teenage years I became a professional dancer and later on developed a passion for Yoga. Since 2010, I've been practicing Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga as a tool for personal growth and spiritual development.
I've obtained 200-hour (RYT200) and 500-hour (RYT500) Yoga Teacher Certifications and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200) certification with Yoga Alliance. My company was approved as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. This means that I can provide Yoga education and classes to Yoga practitioners and students who need hours to be certified by Yoga Alliance.
I teach Hatha Yoga asanas, founded in the Nath Siddha-Dattatreya tradition in India. My teachings of Yoga are not focused only on body postures, but they include deep teachings passed on by the great seers and sages of India who used Yoga techniques and Yoga philosophy to improve one self (self-refinement) and achieve self-realization.
I also study the system of Vedanta as explained by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) and his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) and as demonstrated in their lives.
Ayurveda and India: Deepening the Love of the Practice
This path lead me to the study of Ayurveda— the system of natural medicine in India. I obtained a certification in the United States as an Ayurveda Counselor and Life Coach. This inspired me to travel to India and learn more about Yoga Philosophy and Ayurveda. In India, I felt immediately at home. I had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and deepen my studies. I obtained a second certification as an Ayurvedic Counselor and Lifestyle Coach. I fell in love with India, its simple life and spiritual wealth. Since then, I go back every year to deepen my studies in Yoga Philosophy and Ayurveda. I became a partner with PDI Institute of Ayurveda and Yoga Sciences In India where I lead yearly Ayuryoga retreats.
The philosophy of yoga and its principles apply to every aspect of our lives. This includes a commitment to keep our mind and body in a healthy state, to follow a vegetarian diet, to be mindful of our speech and actions living from a foundation of truth, kindness, and non violence, and through our intentions of building peace and unity in our modern societies. The cornerstone of the yoga philosophy and yogic lifestyle, as taught by the Rishis and ancient seers for more than 5,000 years, is the understanding that our soul is the primary aspect of our being and the body is only the vessel through which our soul takes its journey in this life.
In our Western cultures, our values are founded on how successful we are based on material possessions, titles and external beauty, but we spend little time and education regarding what is within us and how do we grow spiritually. In Eastern philosophy, the foundation of every human being starts with your spiritual journey and who you are within. If you lose everything else — your job, your beauty, your possessions — you still have this solid foundation that is your inner-self.
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Yoga | Ayurveda | Life Coaching
LIFE COACHING METHOD
Mindfulness-based cognitive techniques.
Yogic principles and yogi life-style.
Ayurveda Wellness Life Coaching.
BACKGROUND & SKILLS
Yoga, mindfulness, meditation.
Counseling and psychotherapy.
Teacher, writer, public speaker.
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500, E-RYT200), Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).
Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, Prakash Deep Institute of Ayurveda & Yogic Sciences (India)
Ayurveda Life Coach, Alpha Omega Yoga (USA).
First Aid/CPR Certification.
Psychological First Aid Certification.
PAST & PRESENT
Cancer Support Community
C.C. Young Senior Living
Young Women's Academy
International Rescue Committee
Irving Secondary Reassignment Center
Frisco Municipal Court House
Mosaic Family Services
The King's University
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts
Uplift Luna Preparatory
Memorial Pathway Academy
Sunset High School
Grand Prairie High School
Kimball High School
Ben Franklin Middle School
Registered Yoga Teacher
Certified Yoga Teacher, registered with Yoga Alliance with at least 500 hours of formal yoga teacher training.
Continuing Education Provider
Yoga Alliance certified to provide Yoga education for credit hours.
Experienced Yoga Teacher
A yoga teacher who has taught yoga for at least two years with at least 1,000 hours of yoga classes since completion of training with a registered yoga school.
Ayurveda Certified in Rishikesh, India
Certified Ayurveda Counselor and Life Coach through Prakash Deep Institute of Ayurveda and Yogic Sciences in India.
American Counseling Association
Student member of the American Counseling Association, the world's largest organization representing professional counselors in various practice settings.