January 6, 1986, Capricorn
Local Honey Designs and BOGA YOGA
...Rough and Ready as you can imagine is a small town. We're located in the gold country between Sacramento and Tahoe. I was always on sports teams, swimming, softball, water polo, and skiing. So I stayed active and didn't have much time to be bored.
I found yoga in December 2010 when I was at a really low point in my personal life, and I honestly attribute it to saving my life in many ways. It's through yoga that I've come into my true self: mind, body and heart. I didn't find Stand Up until 3 years ago now, and the first time I ever went out was in April in Tahoe just after it had snowed. We went out in jeans, fleeces, and tennis shoes! I was trying to get a feel for it before summer came around when our studio was going to be offering Paddle board Pilate's on the lake. And while I was a little hesitant about going out while it was still cold out, after the first time stepping onto the that board, I was hooked. I immediately fell in love with it. As a competitive swimmer growing up I loved the feeling of the energetics of the water, but due to shoulder injuries I can't swim any real distance. With SUP, I can still get the same energetic feeling of the water through the board, and because of the way the stroke is a full body/core movement with the paddle, I can do it with incredibly minimal pain.
In my physical practice right now I'm working on improving my strength on my hands- working on being able to start to press up into handstand, and be able to be solid in my SUP handstands too.
Oh my gosh, hardest question yet! For those that know me well, they know that I get excited really easily. But the one moment that really sticks out in my mind is paragliding in the foothills of the Andes, after it had just lightly snowed, in the little Argentinian town of Mendoza. I've never experienced any other feeling quite like that, truly free, flying through the crisp mountain air.
Honestly, what gets me every time, is not the amazing athletes and yogis who can do amazing things with their bodies,but it's the people who have taken a "vacation" from taking care of themselves, or those with other physical challenges, who are 100% committed to taking back their own lives. They are the ones who most people write off, but for me, they are the true sign of dedication, commitment, determination; Will. I work and play as hard as I do, because I never want to take my body, and all that it can do, for granted. I feel like I would be dishonoring those who are physically unable to move their bodies the way I can, if I were just to sit around and waste it.
Amber Lee. She is an all around amazingly grounded and stand-up woman, who has a truly awe inspiring practice on and off her SUP board. She is a great role model in the way she carries herself for not just all of her students, but for everyone she comes in contact with.
Super agro and type A :)
Being by some body of water
Exactly where I live now. I love my life and have no regrets, although if I could somehow find a way to spilt time between, Tahoe, Encinitas, and Maui, I'd be in heaven. :)
Only time will tell but I'm guessing it'll be somewhere with surf or snow.