Hi! I'm Rena. I grew up in Chicago. After earning a B.S. in Elementary Ed & a B.S. in Special Ed, I moved to Busan, South Korea. When I moved, my Dad suggested I begin meditating in order to help me with the transition to my new life abroad.I thought meditation was for weirdos, until about a month later, I decided to give it a try for myself.I had also previously been a swimmer, but around the same time stopped paying for an over-priced pool membership.A friend invited me to join her for a $5 Saturday morning Yoga class and I was excited about having a cheaper form of exercise.Pretty much instantly I realized the connection between Yoga Asana & meditation.I was privileged to be living in South Korea where I had the great honour to learn about Buddhism first hand.I did 3 TempleStay programs where I lived the lifestyle of a Monk and learned from them over tea.After finishing my job in Korea, I moved to Hanoi, Vietnam and taught out Yoga as soon as I landed.I found a Yoga teacher originally from the U.K. and during what turned out to be an incredibly challenging year, practicing with her 3-4 times per week was my saving grace.She lent me her copy of “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjani” and I felt I had found exactly what I had believed to be missing from conventional education programs: instructions on how to control your mind, eat, exercise, rest, and more.When I left Vietnam, I flew to India, intending just to spend 1 month there.While on retreat at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, I had my first “spiritual awakening” which ultimately resulted in me staying in India longer to complete a Yoga Teacher Training in a village a few hours outside of Dharamsala.I made Aliya in 2017 and since have been fusing together my passions for Yoga, mindfulness, and serving women and children.I currently teach private Yoga classes to children and women.