My wellness journey began with fitness
I'm from Santa Cruz, CA, moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA (Go Bruins!) and have always loved living an active lifestyle. I grew up as a martial artist with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and pretty much like all fighting sports. Punching stuff is a huge stress reliever. Working as a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I love empowering people to perform to their highest ability by caring for their physical and mental health.
Then I became vegan. Yes, I am Mexican and vegan.
I love food, and I am still able to enjoy all of my favs without eating any meat or dairy. I initially became vegan for environmental purposes. Did you know that the carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half of someone who eats meat? Now, even though I am still all about protecting the planet, I am also a major animal lover. Some of my favorite Instagram accounts are pigs (I love pigs)- oh and goats, because goats are fantastic.
Good food is one of the simplest ways to care for our bodies, minds, planet, and I believe we can do this without sacrificing flavor. I hope that sharing my love of food will inspire people to add more plant-based meals into their lives on the regular.
Now I want to inspire people to move every day, eat more plants, and live with a little less stress
There is nothing I love more than seeing people feel their best. So that's what I'm here for, to keep you inspired to move with more freedom, eat mindfully, and live a more connected life.
P.S. In case you're curious, I WENT TO SCHOOL FOR A LOOOOONNNGGGG TIME
I lived the student life for what feels like forever. It took me 10 years to get through all of these programs:
Master’s of Science in Kinesiology, Specialty in Exercise Science & Sports Psychology, University of Texas Permian Basin
Master’s in Public Health, University of California Los Angeles
Bachelors of Arts, International Development Studies, University of California Los Angeles
300 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, Mark Stephens Yoga
200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, Marianne Wells Yoga School
Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Training, studied under Arielle Kiley
NASM Personal Training Certification (National Academy of Sports Medicine)