Namaste, I'm Camille.
Welcome to my space for healing through yoga, art and education. If you've ever felt alone in your healing 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 stressed out Type A dealing with depression, anxiety, and an overwhelming fear of the Unknown.
When I started practicing yoga to improve my psychological well-being, I had no idea it would soon become a central catalyst for positive change in my life. (If you had told me after my first yoga class at the gym in 2003 that I would someday become a full-fledged yogi and yoga teacher, I would have laughed in your face!)
After earning my Master's in Education from Harvard in 2007, I went on to work in the non-profit world, training college students to mentor young children in the inner cities of Boston in early literacy skills that would establish a strong foundation for their future learning and education.
Not long after that, and feeling a bit burned out by the East Coast, I felt a deeper pull towards Yoga. So, the day before a Nor'easter in 2009, I hopped on a plane with a one-way ticket to Costa Rica to complete my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Nosara Yoga Institute with Don & Amba Stapleton.
Later that year I returned to my native Los Angeles where I began working as a preschool teacher at Loyola Marymount University Children's Center. My passions for education and yoga began to merge as I continued my profession as an early literacy instructor, and taught yoga to the adorable humans I got to spend everyday with. It was amazing to see the practice being lived by these wise souls in tiny bodies!
I also discovered Ashtanga Yoga around that time, and was guided through the Primary Series by Gary and Melissa Margolin, students of Maty Ezraty.
In 2010, I left for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to serve for two years in the Peace Corps, during which I continued my work in Literacy Education, providing instruction to students in a rural part of St. Vincent. I also helped my local community build a school library, co-hosted a national radio show, and wrote articles for SVG's national newspaper.
Those two years were also a very valuable time for me as a Yogi. It was then that I learned to practice independently, stepping onto my mat to find peace and friendship towards myself while living in a setting that, although beautiful and picturesque, had its own unique challenges and dysfunctions that I often had trouble navigating in my often isolated role as a Peace Corps volunteer.
I learned the true healing power of Yoga in those quiet moments alone and have had a dedicated daily practice ever since.
After returning to the states, I went to work at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington D.C. as the agency's Literacy Specialist. Over the course of my three years in the nation's capital, I continued my personal studies with yoga therapy, energy healing, meditation, and variations of the traditional Ashtanga method.
As a yoga teacher, I'm grateful to have had opportunities to teach all over the place - from urban studios to rural communities and international retreat venues. While living in DC, I even had the unique privilege of teaching at the White House Athletic Center, the Secret Service, and my favorite studio, Georgetown Yoga.
I firmly believe that everyone can benefit from practicing yoga and have taught people of all physical abilities and from all walks of life, including formerly incarcerated youth, celebrities, professional athletes, and everyday hard-working people.
The longer I studied Yoga, the more interested I became in its roots and much less interested in the yoga-pants-crazed-westernized studios that were all the rage in gentrifying metro neighborhoods. I was being called to study the traditional aspects of the Spiritual practice that is Yoga.
So again, I hopped on a plane (lucky I love airports!) and I made my first pilgrimage to the Source of modern day Yoga in the summer of 2016. I spent six weeks studying Ashtanga Yoga with Saraswathi Ragaswamy - daughter of K. Pattabhi Jois - in Mysore, India... not to mention spending a lot of time with the other Yogis who had traveled from all over the world to practice at Saraswathi's Shala.
This life-changing experience opened up a path to share the Ashtanga practice with my community while I lived temporarily in the Bay Area. I had the incredible opportunity to devote myself to the study of Ashtanga through the delicate art of guiding others through the practice.
Now living back in my beloved Los Angeles, I have the great fortune to continue my Ashtanga studies under the tutelage of KPJAYI teachers Aimee Echo, Jorgen Christiansson and Noah Williams.
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!