I started teaching Zumba in 2006 right after the birth of our fourth child. Though not in terrible shape I was feeling like some of the best years of my life were kind of slipping away in a physical state of mediocrity. I was a member of a local gym and piddled around on an elliptical and an exercise class here and there. Nothing especially struck me as wanting to push myself to work harder and I was constantly catching myself watching the clock. Having been reared in a home where physical activity and taking care of one's self was a normal part of life, I knew I wanted something more but hadn't yet really found my niche.
One day, I noticed a new class being offered- "ZUMBA fitness." I signed up and was completely hooked from day one! I found my passion and love for dance that moved me past any feelings of fatigue and side tracked me from the "work" aspect of working out. I also discovered how much I love bringing excitement and fun into people's lives and seeing them, many times, transform into confident, coordinated, energetic fitness enthusiasts who feel good in the skin they're in! After, by default of having many of my class locations fall through almost at once, Salsa City Fitness was born on almost a weekend whim just to get me through the summer. Now, years later, I'm still loving dance fitness and have found new fitness passions including Yoga, Barre, and other genres as well, that I am blessed to be able to try to pass on to others at the studio.
I began barre classes in November of 2013 with the talented, Brandy U. and loved them! The format was definitely challenging but the results were amazing and she had a way of always making even the most grueling workouts seem like a party. Here and there I was asked to sub classes for her but never really got into the teaching aspect of Barre until the quarantine when I found myself with the down time to finally get my certification that i had long meant to take. Through the BARRE INTENSITY® program i have rediscovered my passion of this format and am thrilled to be able to keep myself accountable by teaching it and offering it to others at the studio!
Along with fitness, I have also found my love of medical, relaxation, and bodywork massage. Having always been a people pleaser and wanting to figure out the "whys" of problems, I have discovered that being forced to be centered and focused on helping someone else is the perfect compliment to the physical aspects of my other job (though I cant say I really consider either fitness or massage a "job!"). Massage is a gift I feel I can give to others but it is also therapeutic for me and I am so blessed to try to minister physically in this way to others.
Yoga eventually was added to my studio while I was in massage school when I met a very talented Yoga instructor who visited my classes. It was in the promotion and attendance of this class and in the teaching I was getting from my massage training that I first realized the importance of yoga and realized the benefits of practicing it for myself. I began exploring other Yoga styles and eventually acquired my Yoga Trapeze® certification in Atlanta and began teaching in 2018.
I like to view Salsa City Fitness as a second home and the many extremely talented instructors and precious students here as family(Seriously, how did I get so lucky??!) . I feel many others share this view and I am forever grateful to each person who takes time out of their lives to entrust some of their well being and a little bit of their space with us!
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