Originally from Downriver Detroit, Michigan, I, like many, have found that everything happens for a reason and have taken a curvy path to where I am today. After surviving Detroit and earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, I enjoyed a mid-20s crisis and packed my bags for the left coast in search of meaning and inspiration. It was love at first sight when I started working at MINDBODY in 2005, a wellness software company. I applied for a part-time admin position and ended up getting hired as the first Customer Service Manager and haven’t looked back since. I recently took another curvy path when I sold my yoga studio baby Smiling Dog Yoga after owning and operating it since 2011. I have worked in various capacities at MINDBODY and currently oversee all things Business Education. I moonlight part-time Consulting with wellness businesses and clients of MINDBODY, teaching yoga and yoga fitness hybrid classes. A spreadsheet lover and self-proclaimed techie wannabe, I LOVE teaching and connecting with people, problem solving, technology, supporting my community with yoga, and helping wellness and beauty entrepreneurs reach their true potential.
I have been in love with yoga since 2001. It changed my body, relationships, and mind. I found that my favorite place was on the mat, whether sick, tired, broken-hearted, or struggling with life in general. My first teacher training was in 2007 where I just wanted to learn more about my great love, I studied Iyengar and Purna Yoga with Camille Thom in Boise, Idaho. A vinyasa/flow yoga junkie, I have also studied Power Vinyasa Yoga with Baron Baptiste before falling head over heals for Prana Flow Yoga in 2008 where I’ve been spending most of my time studying and practicing since.
I have logged over 1000 hours teaching group classes in and around San Luis Obispo, CA since 2008 and became certified Prana Flow instructor in June 2012 (RYT 200). I am currently working towards my 500 hour teacher certification (RYT 500) with Prana Flow Yoga. I enjoy fusing together the many movement styles I’ve been inspired by for an all encompassing practice that challenges your body, ignites your internal fluidity, helps you connect with breath, feels like a dance party, and takes you outside of your head and into your body. I believe that yoga is one of the answers to good mental and physical health and that it has the power to change the world and the way we deal with each other. Yoga literally saved my life and complements everything I do in life, physically and mentally, and I believe it can do this for anyone. I teach Vinyasa Yoga at Smiling Dog, and other various classes around the central coast and to my desk jockey friends at MINDBODY, Inc.
Prana Flow is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga cultivated by Shiva Rea and the Global Vinyasa Collective of Teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience prana – the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence – as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to vinyasa yoga and the state of flow drawn from Krishnamacharya’s teachings, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Somatics and Shiva’s teaching experience from the last fifteen years.
Roxanne’s Yoga Inspiration Statement
I practice yoga because it hurts so good. It makes me feel at home in my own skin. It helps me stay in the now moment. It is one of the few practices in life where I can turn off my overactive mind, stop living in the past or future, stop thinking about coulda shoulda woulda. Yoga has made me stronger than I knew I could be and at the same time has made me softer, more accepting, and nicer to myself, my family, and everyone around me. It has taught me how to find more joy in my life no matter what my external circumstances seem to be. It makes me want to be a better version of myself. It makes me smile. It holds me when I need to shed a tear. It welcomes me back, no matter how long I’ve been away from it. It helps me love better. It is teaching me how to be more authentic and honest in my life. It has helped me realize that I am truly blessed. It has shown me the difference between conversing and authentic listening. It has given me the opportunity to gaze into the eyes of one hundred complete strangers and feel complete compassion and love for them that I didn’t know was possible.
I hope to help wellness businesses thrive so that we can reach even more people than I could possibly affect on my own. I hope to inspire people to connect to the pulse of life and practices that help create balance of mind, body, and soul. Your yoga practice might be bicycles, rock ‘n roll, art, food, babies, knitting, or bowling like the dude. For me, it is keeping a balance between my inner yogi, techie, teacher, math nerd, and karaoke loving roxtar. Other interests? I love riding my bike instead of driving a car, queso dip, cocktails, friends, efficient compromises. Thank you for honoring my little website, my forum for sharing thoughts on yoga and life and everything in between.