Sophia teaches a practice that emphasizes strength, compassion, and self-awareness, encouraging her students to trust their inner wisdom as they build physical and mental resilience. What she loves most about yoga is that it has taught her to let go of trying to control everything, and to be okay with whatever curve-balls life throws. Originally from Oregon, Sophia spent several years in North Carolina for graduate school and discovered yoga in the meantime, which pretty much changed the course of her life forever. She completed her RYT-200 in 2011 and taught yoga, barre, and fitness classes on the east coast for over three years. In August 2015, Sophia moved back to the best coast and ended up in Portland, a city she always had a huge crush on. Sophia works as a researcher in public health by day, and also teaches yoga as a volunteer to vulnerable populations in rehab facilities and correctional institutions. She also loves backpacking and hiking, trying new restaurants, cooking for friends, checking the weather forecast obsessively, bouldering, improv comedy games, and working on her handstand!