Hey there, I’m Val.
I’m a San Diego based yoga instructor specializing in building strength and flexibility through yoga to build an empowered body and mind. My specialties are in core and whole body strengthening Vinyasa Yoga, which is a flow based practice linking breath to movement and Yin Yoga that challenges the mind and refreshes the meridians (energy systems) in the body.
I found yoga as a way to work on flexibility which evolved into a self healing practice by embracing my shyness, negative body image and disconnection with my self. When it comes to may clients, I hold a down to earth presence and support a journey toward a deeper connection and a healthier mindset.
I am excited about helping YOU find a sustainable wellness practice. Leading you toward your health goals through any of my offerings that work the best for YOU.
Who are you and where are you from?
I am a mom to both a human and dog, runner, yogini, writer, grain free recipe maker and stand up paddle board (SUP) enthusiast.
I was born and raised in Colorado (the Denver area) and also spent every summer in Minnesota on a lake. Being near that water has always made me feel more calm and at peace. After a few years in Arizona (the opposite of being near water, even in the northern Arizona mountains), I live in San Diego only a few miles from the ocean.
How long have you been practicing and teaching yoga?
Over 17 years ago I started practicing yoga as a way to stretch and supplement my daily running activities. During my graduate education and for the first 8 years of my school teaching career, yoga and running were the only things that made me content. After considering yoga teacher training for a few years, I realized I loved teaching but wanted to help others through yoga. I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training (RYT) and have started to work toward completing my 300 hour teacher training.
What kind of Yoga do you Teach?
The training I received was primarily in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, therefore I primarily teach Vinyasa and Yin yoga. In the last couple years I have combined my love of both and teach a Flow to Yin class twice a week.
How does online teaching work?
Sometimes yoga studios can be intimidating and expensive. Sometimes there seems to be less and less time, so commenting to and from a yoga class plus finding parking takes more time that you would like. By taking online classes you can do yoga from the comfort of your own home.
Do you only teach online?
While I love teaching with Ompractice, one of my favorite things is to teach face to face group classes. I currently teach a weekly class, locally in San Diego at Wild Island Collective as well as Workshops and Pop-up yoga classes.
Why did you choose Alternative Yoga Vibe?
I’ve always been slightly different from my peers. As a child, I was super shy and didn’t have a lot of confidence. Having red hair and a lot of freckles makes me look (and feel) different. I’ve never quite fit in which has transferred into the yoga world, sadly. Instead of trying to fit the “mold” of what a yoga teacher/practitioner should be/do, I have followed my own path making yoga fit me. Of course tradition in yoga is essential, however innovation and functional movement is also something that drives my teaching and personal practice. Adding less traditional things like some extra core work, pushups or squats to my practice make me feel more connected to my body and breath.