Namaste, I'm Camille.
Welcome to my space for healing through self care. If you've ever felt alone in your journey, you've come to the right place.
Let me start by sharing my own personal story with you...
Once upon a time,
I was a hostage to my circumstances. Having a history of unresolved trauma throughout a long period of life has a way of doing that, I’ve found.
But as many first-generation-American child of immigrants have been conditioned, it became my duty in life to keep it together and not break. I felt the need to be strong through my family’s tragedy in the loss of my brother, the responsibility to complete a high degree of education, and a compulsion to make my parents proud. My M.O. — and defense mechanism — for a long time was achievement.
It served me well. Until it didn’t.
In 2006, I was a graduate student at Harvard (ugh, I know!) when I started to understand that there was much more to life than what I had spent learning in classrooms.
Don’t get me wrong, what I learned in school was important to me then and still is to this day. I’m proud of being an alumna of great institutions and grateful for the doors they’ve opened. Many people ask me if I “use my degree,” and the answer is Yes. Everyday. See dayjob.
But I digress.
From my yoga practice I started to learn about taking care of myself physically, spiritually and emotionally. The day I realized all those parts of me were connected was mind altering. And the first time I cried during a yoga class was the moment I knew I would be devoted to this practice for the rest of my life.
In 2009, I completed my 200-hour training at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica with my teachers Don and Amba Stapleton. Through their interdisciplinary approach, I graduated with the ability to teach a variety of yoga styles from vinyasa to restorative. After graduating I continued to research and explore the various systems of yoga they had presented to us. Who knew there were so many?! Kundalini, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Viniyoga, Yin, Vinyasa, Beer and Goat Yoga are just some of the options a new potential yogi may have to choose from.
As my practiced developed, I learned that I was drawn towards the vigorous athletic styles derived from Ashtanga Yoga, with a balance of the slower, relaxing and restful practices in Restorative Yoga. Years later, I still love these two opposite styles and in my opinion, it’s good to have more than one tool in your toolkit.
As a yoga teacher now of 10+ years, I'm grateful to have had opportunities to teach all over the place - from urban studios to rural communities and international retreat venues.
I firmly believe that everyone can benefit from the simple yet revolutionary practice of self care. It’s been an honor to witness people of all physical abilities and from all walks of life, including formerly incarcerated youth, celebrities, professional athletes, and everyday hard-working people gain a sense of peace and happiness through the practices we’ve shared.
I made my first pilgrimage to the Source of modern day Yoga in the summer of 2016. For six weeks I studied Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India with Saraswathi Ragaswamy (daughter of K. Pattabhi Jois).
This life-changing experience opened up a path to share the Ashtanga practice with my community when I lived in the Bay Area. What an honor and discipline it was to devote myself to the study of Ashtanga through the delicate art of guiding others through the practice.
Now that I’m back in my native and beloved Southern California, I have the privilege to continue my Ashtanga studies under incredible KPJAYI teachers Aimee Echo, Jorgen Christiansson and Noah Williams.
If you’re interested in practicing with me in the Long Beach area, or just want to say hi, please fill out the form below!
Summary and other fun facts: Day by day I'm a Yogi, honoring the ancient practice of finding presence through breath and movement. I'm proud to continue my commitment to public service through my work as a Program Manager with Niroga Institute, bringing a secular and evidence-based curriculum called Dynamic Mindfulness to schools across Southern California. And to further put my personal practice to the test, I'm also an Actress who loves to play different characters for audiences in Theater, TV and Film!