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In 1998, I was running a lot and hurt my foot. I was looking for a replacement workout and stumbled upon a yoga class at a local gym. The first class I ever took was pretty boring. We sat on the floor and did all kinds of breathing exercises for what seemed like hours. I can remember leaving class thinking, now I have to go work out because I don’t feel like I did anything physical for the past hour.

In the same year, I lost my cousin Danielle suddenly in a car accident. We were super close and only a year apart. I was searching for anything to start the healing process. ANYTHING.

I decided to give yoga another shot and I am glad I did. I took my first power yoga class in December 1998 and I WAS HOOKED. I can remember crying my eyes out in Child’s pose in the beginning of class and feeling like I’d finally found what I was looking for! Not only had I found my workout, but also my work in.

I felt open and alive. I felt strong and confident. I was ready to tackle anything that was about to come my way. In my eyes, there’s no price tag on something like that. And I realized the more I showed up on my mat, the stronger I became both mentally and physically. I had the strength to try challenging poses on the mat but also the courage to make hard decisions off the mat. I quickly realized it was all related.

As the passion inside of me kept growing, I decided to get certified in the fall of 2002 at Power Yoga Works. By January of 2003, I was teaching and felt really alive. More alive than I had ever felt and I was LOVING IT!

Taking everything I’ve learned from my yoga journey, I’ve bottled it all up into one place. At Sol, our mission is to help clients feel less stressed and more inspired through the joyful experience of power yoga. We offer our students an invitation to step out of the chaos and onto their mats for a kick-ass flow that helps them release the heavy. Sol’s classes are sweaty, challenging, and designed to help clients make the most of their time on the mat. Always rooted in power vinyasa, they’re as much a work-out as a work-in, and will leave participants feeling lighter, happier, and accomplished.