I was a mischievous kid who loved to play pranks, laugh, sing, and dance to the beat of my own drum. At the age of 14, my world drastically changed - my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastrointestinal cancer. She passed away soon after my 15th birthday, and I spent the next 15 years trying to find a way to reconnect with her.
When I was 29, I found myself dealing with a tremendous amount of grief in multiple areas of my life - the death of my mom, loss of a job, a breakup with a partner of eight years, and being diagnosed with Repetitive Stress Syndrome from working at tech startups for a decade. I saw this as an opportune time to soul search and travel with my mom in spirit since she didn’t get to travel much during her time here on Earth. In honor of my mom, I also promised myself I would go to 30 different countries before I turned 30, and sure enough the Universe provided.
I followed my heart and bought a one-way ticket to Colombia. While traveling solo in Latin America, I discovered and completed a 10-day Vipassana course in Bolivia which was my first meditation experience (excluding the ones I slept through during high school Religion class 😬). I felt called to continue down the path of self-exploration, and I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Guatemala. Meditation and yoga helped me reconnect with my mother, and ultimately, helped me connect to my Higher Self, God, and others on a deeper level.
While traveling the world, I also discovered laughter is a healing universal language. People from every culture enjoyed hearing my laugh - so much so strangers stopped me on the street to give compliments! My cousin also mentioned my laugh sounds like my mom’s, and it brings me joy knowing her energy is around whenever I laugh. Because of this, I felt called to help heal the world by becoming a Laughter Yogapreneur!
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to share my love for Laughter Yoga with others, and I can’t wait to breathe, laugh, and flow with you!
10 years of professional work experience as a founding member of Sales, Marketing, and Learning & Development teams at companies like Facebook and Box
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Irvine
200-Hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification from School Yoga Institute in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Laughter Yoga Leader Certification from Laughter Yoga University
100-Hour Bhakti Flow Yoga Teacher Training with Rusty Wells
Advanced studies with world-renowned yoga teachers such as Janet Stone, Tias Little, and Sarah Powers