Fitness, Yoga, & Plant Based Nutrition have transformed my life and my dream and mission is to share these gifts with as many people as possible.
I have been a Group Fitness Instructor, Yoga teacher, and Personal Trainer for over 13 years. Fitness, Yoga, and Plant Based Nutrition have helped transform my life, and my mission and vision is to share these gifts with as many people as possible.
I was born in Summit, NJ, and then moved to Austin, TX when I was in my early teens. I was a bit chubby in high school, and always wanted to be a dancer or cheerleader, but was too afraid to try out, because I just assumed that they wouldn't want me on the team.
When I landed in college, at the University of Texas at Austin, I gained the famous 'Freshman Fifteen.' I was studying Chemical Engineering at the time, and I suppose the added stresses of the topics sent me for extra portions. By the time I hit my second semester; I felt the need to lose weight and started running and the pounds melted away! All of a sudden, I was being noticed by boys at school. For the geeky girl who wore a pencil in her bun with no makeup in high school, this was something new and exciting! Fitness was giving me self-esteem. This was the beginning of how it would transform my life.
After college, I moved to NYC and began to take group fitness classes. I really loved my Step instructor New York Sports Clubs (NYSC), and he encouraged me to get certified to teach! While I had always dreamed of becoming an instructor, the little chubby girl inside of me made every excuse in the book not to go do it. The biggest excuse was my day job at an Investment Bank downtown. I was working in the Investment Banking Division, and seemed to always be working. Somehow I managed to squeeze fitness in, but yet again, with the stresses of work, I began to put on weight.
Then one day, the bottom fell out. I thought my life was over - I got laid off! After complete devastation and some time to think, I decided that it was time, no more excuses. It was time to get certified!
In 2005, I got my first certification, Primary Group Exercise, through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America). After many weekends of rehearsal, I then went and auditioned at NYSC and got the job!
From there, I continued to learn and grow with the following certifications and licenses, which I currently maintain:
AFAA Primary Group Exercise 2005
AFAA Kickboxing 2006
AFAA Personal Training 2009
Zumba® Basics I 2009
Turbo Kick® 2010
YogaFit® Level I, Foundations 2010
YogaFit® Level III, Introspection 2011
TRX® Suspension Training 2011
YogaFit® Level II, Communication 2012
Zumba® Basics II 2012
YogaFit® Anatomy & Alignment 2013
Pon De Flo® 2015
YogaFit® for Warriors (PTSD) 2016
YogaFit® for Warriors (Balancing the Parasympathetic Nervous System) 2017
YogaFit® for Warriors (Healing Emotional & Physical Trauma) 2017
Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies (T.Colin Campbell, Cornell) 2017
YogaFit® Level IV, Tradition 2017
YogaFit® Level V, Unification 2017
YogaFit® Prenatal 2017
YogaFit® Seniors 2017
YogaFit® RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) 2017
YogaFit® Warriors 100 - hour Certification 2018
Zumba Strong® Feb 2019
In February of 2014, I trademarked my own workout, KWIK KORE®, which is everything I had learned in my fitness and yoga career to date, barefoot on the mat.
My personal Yoga journey has been life changing and saving all at the same time, so much so, that I wanted to share this gift more broadly. To that end, in March of 2018, I founded my nonprofit, Warriors Rising Foundation, Inc. whose vision and mission is to share the gift of free restorative yoga with those who have suffered from trauma to help them heal, mind, body and soul, reclaiming their spirit and rewriting their story, to one of happiness and hope.
To learn more about my nonprofit, register for a class, or donate in support, please click here.
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