Sam is a certified yoga instructor based in Miami, Florida. She teaches private and public classes throughout Miami working with all levels, while focusing on the individual student's needs. Her mission is to empower others to thrive. Her classes integrate dynamic alignment-based vinyasa flow cultivating strength and flexibility with relaxation and meditation to create an inner journey towards freedom and empowerment. She draws her experience from the ancient wisdom of yoga to help others create a balanced life. For Sam, yoga is a deep connection of the mind, body, and soul. It is a spiritual tool that cultivates clarity, freedom, and compassion both on and off the mat.
Sam is a registered yoga instructor (200-hour) through the Yoga Alliance and is certified in first aid and CPR. She also holds a Master's degree in International Administration from the University of Miami.
Cornfields to Cobblestones
Although Sam was born in a small Ohio town, she aspired to explore the world at an early age. At 18, Sam moved to Tampa, Florida to pursue her studies in international business at the University of Tampa. She later moved to Miami and earned an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami. During her master's program, Sam studied international law in Prague, Czech Republic. She was later employed by the same institution to contribute to the development of a new study abroad program for undergraduate students with a focus on 20th century European history and the Holocaust. For over four years, she coordinated the program and led more than 25 educational trips to Poland, Germany, Hungary, Austria, and Turkey. Sam's devotion to humanitarian efforts, fostered by the many trips she led to historical sites and concentration camps throughout Eastern Europe, inspired her to attend a human rights program in Rwanda in 2012.
After living in Prague for five years, Sam relocated to southern Africa. She spent three months in South Africa and Namibia experiencing new cultures, camping in the desert, and photographing wildlife. She ultimately made her way back to Rwanda to work at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV). ASYV a residential community home to 500 youth orphaned during and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The Village is a place of hope, where "tears are dried" (Kinyarwanda "agahozo") and students can live in peace (Hebrew "shalom"). Sam lived and worked on-site in the development department, managing partner and donor relations and organizing VIP tours and events. Her greatest role was being a mentor or “cousin” to 16 teenage girls on a daily basis. Sam spent one year in Rwanda and returned to Florida in November 2014.
From Rwanda to Yoga
After living abroad for six years, Sam never imagined that her most significant trip would be the journey inward. Her experiences abroad ultimately led her to yoga. When Sam first started yoga, she couldn’t do a push-up, she couldn’t touch her toes, and she had no idea about the benefits of meditation. The local studio became her sanctuary. She began studying and practicing yoga as a means to heal and to understand how to thrive in a world, despite suffering. She found a way to reconnect with herself and transformed her life to focus on wellness and healthy living.
She continues to learn and to share her practice. Her practice has been inspired by attending workshops from yoga teachers Rod Stryker, Seane Corn, Sarah Powers, and Kino MacGregor.
Sam currently teaches yoga in Miami, Florida. She is active and loves all forms of movement from boxing to barre. She is a world traveler, nature lover, avid reader, vegan advocate, and loves to connect with the community. To read more about her journey from Rwanda to yoga, visit Yoga International.
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