What is your primary career and what do you do, how long have you been doing it?
I have been a realtor since 2008.
How long have you been teaching yoga and how many classes do you teach?
I have been teaching since 2014 for Hawaii Yoga Institute, a 200-hour yoga teacher training program on Oahu. I teach mudra- and mantra-based vinyasa flow, as well as “Introduction to Flow Arts.” The practice of Flow Arts is a meditative movement practice with props such as poi, hula hoop or staff. Like yoga, it is a very therapeutic practice that connects the body, mind, and spirit.
I also teach vinyasa flow at Hot Yoga 8 in Honolulu and I co-facilitate one-day yoga retreats called “Dream Day.”
What are the benefits of teaching yoga in addition to having a full-time career?
Being a realtor and a yoga teacher, for me, feels very “yin and yang.” These roles support and balance each other. Real estate has many crazy deadlines and can often be stressful and high-energy – very yang characteristics – but also allows me to travel and “live my dreams.” Teaching yoga is yin – time to restore, recharge, and let go – thus allows me to connect to my essential nature, and help others do the same.
When I first got into real estate 10 years ago, I felt like I was living in two completely different worlds, wearing two completely different hats. Being a realtor and a yogi was very challenging in many ways; it often felt as though one didn’t accept the other. Over the years, the two very seemingly separate worlds have come closer and closer together. Today, I’m able to help many of my fellow yogis and students buy and sell homes. On the flip side, I get to introduce my real estate clients and colleagues to the path of yoga, by sharing my knowledge of health and wellness of the body, mind, and spirit. It’s really exciting to see two of my greatest passions come together in this way.
How has being a yoga teacher helped you in your career?
Purchasing or selling a home can be a very emotional experience. It’s quite the roller coaster ride and a huge milestone in people’s lives. The transaction represents a spectrum of emotions ranging from happiness, excitement, accomplishment and relief, to frustration, stress, and sometimes sadness from letting go. To be chosen to facilitate this process is an honor, a role I don’t take lightly. It requires me to be a great listener, a strong multi-tasker and a problem solver. As a realtor I’m required to flow with grace under pressure – a skill I’ve acquired, and continue to work on through my journey and path as a yoga teacher.