Years in Tampa Bay
What do you do?
I provide private sessions and group aqua yoga classes, especially for people living with arthritis.
Why do you do it?
I had arthritis for more than 20 years before my diagnosis and had a hard time reconciling everything I’d achieved with all my joint damage. I gave my lifelong yoga practice the credit, so now I help other people use the tools of yoga to manage their health. Aqua yoga is my focus because it is kind to people’s joints and is so accessible. It’s an easy way to start a yoga practice, it allows people who’ve lost a land practice to continue, and it challenges people with an active land practice to explore their bodies in new ways.
What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)
After having two kids and experiencing some health challenges I wanted to go back to working but there weren’t a lot of part-time options in my field. I decided, after 20 years of a continuous yoga practice, it was time to take it to the next level and enrolled in yoga teacher training. I love what I do now.
What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?
That aqua yoga is only for seniors. It’s a huge balance challenge, builds body awareness, and relieves stress – which everyone needs. It’s also super supportive and relaxing for pregnant women.
What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?
Balancing work, family, and my health. I love Wonder Woman but I have to keep myself a little more humble.
What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?
It’s all about connection.