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. Roxanne has experience in customer service, management, database programming, and lecturing at the university level. She has worked with technology most of her adult life and most recently worked as a manager for MINDBODY, a wellness business software company, for 6 years in various capacities before taking over as Owner and Director of Smiling Dog Yoga in 2011. She also moonlights part-time Consulting with wellness businesses and clients of MINDBODY. A yoga instructor as well as an experienced college lecturer, spreadsheet lover, and self-proclaimed techie wannabe, she loves teaching, problem solving, technology, supporting her community with yoga, and helping yoga businesses reach their true potential.
Roxanne has been in love with yoga since 2001. It has changed her body, her relationships, her mind, and she found that her favorite place was on the mat, whether she was sick, tired, broken-hearted, struggling with grad school, or struggling with life in general. Her first teacher training was in 2007 where she studied Iyengar and Purna Yoga with Camille Thom in Boise, Idaho. A self proclaimed vinyasa yoga junkie, she also studied Power Vinyasa Yoga with Baron Baptiste before falling head over heals for Prana Flow Yoga in 2008 where she’s been spending most of her time studying and practicing since.
Roxanne has 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). She is currently working towards her 500 hour teacher certification (RYT 500) with Prana Flow Yoga as well. Roxanne enjoys fusing together the many styles she’s been inspired by for an all encompassing class that challenges your body, ignites your internal fluidity, helps you connect with breath, and takes you outside of your head and into your body. Roxanne believes 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 her life and complements everything she does in life, physically and mentally, and she believes it can do this for anyone. She teaches Vinyasa Yoga at Smiling Dog, and other various classes around the central coast and to her 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, wine, friends, efficient compromises. Thank you for honoring my little website, my forum for sharing thoughts on yoga and life and everything in between.