Fun fact: I was named after the first two black Miss Americas - Vanessa Williams & Suzette Charles.

Fun fact: I was named after the first two black Miss Americas - Vanessa Williams & Suzette Charles.

If you were to ask me how I became a yoga teacher, it would be one of those How I Met Your Mother stories filled with people from my past and present, and layered with events that are happy, sad, and probably some that I’m still trying to process!  I will spare you every detail in exchange for this statement:

  • No matter the situation I’ve faced in life, all roads have always led back to yoga.

With an educational background in Sociology and Speech Language Pathology, I have experience working in both the mental health and education fields.  From these experiences grew my passion for self care, mental health awareness, and childhood development.

2015 - In the middle of yoga teacher training and very much pregnant with my second baby (a girl)!

2015 - In the middle of yoga teacher training and very much pregnant with my second baby (a girl)!

In 2014, I became a mom to a wonderful rainbow baby boy.  After maternity leave, I spent most of my commute to and from work daydreaming of every possible way I could be home to see him grow and experience all of his firsts.  

In early 2015, I finally took the plunge and signed up for yoga teacher training after years of developing a personal practice and even working part time at a few yoga studios.  At that point, a full time yoga career was never on my mind, but rather a skill I could have to fall back on. Well, here’s a funny story: Unbeknownst to me, I walked into yoga teacher training on the first day as a full time working mom of an eight month old (who by the way was still breastfeeding) - and was pregnant again!  See how it turns into an episode of How I Met Your Mother!

 With two babies under two years old, I decided to leave the corporate world for full time mommy duties.  The experiences of being a mother gave me the courage to step out on faith and catapulted my career as a yoga instructor in every aspect possible. Childhood development, literacy, nutrition, mindfulness - as well as my own personal self care journey with rediscovering who I am both as a mother and outside of being a mother, all influence and inspire the way I approach teaching.

Currently I hold a 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training certification.  I’m also certified in Yin & Restorative Yoga, as well as Baby Yoga & Developmental Movement.  I’m the in-house yoga instructor for a host of organizations and a proud team member of Budding Buddhas, a kids yoga company based out of Westchester, NY.