“Four and half years ago an event took place that changed my life forever. At the time I was teaching yoga and living the dream. My dog Nala was my companion, best friend, teacher, & soul mate. We were inseparable.
The morning of Sunday August 10, 2014 we were heading off to teach a yoga class. Nala was running behind my truck as we did for over a year straight, it was our ritual. Going less than 10 miles an hour I was in a little bit of a hurry, more then usual, to get to my yoga class on time.
Rather than looking back to see Nala’s cute head bounce as she sprinted to keep up, I kept driving. That is when I heard the worst sound in my entire life, a big thud and her voice screaming. The next fifteen minutes after that were a living hell. She died in my arms. She was looking at me with so much love and adoration, like she was apologizing for what happened. I couldn’t stand another second of it and went into a state of shock. Friends were there to help me, thank God otherwise I am not sure I could have survived.
Within 48 hours I knew a center would be birthed for people to feel safe and express their emotions. I was searching for such a place where I could heal but I couldn’t find it. So began the dream of “The Nala Center,” which is Waves Yoga Kauai’s secret name.
I visualized it as a grief center, where people could do yoga, meditate, or watch TV and eat cupcakes. Without a set formula it was to be the most accepting place in the world, helping each individual feel loved and embraced.
I spent 6 months away from Kauai to heal my broken heart. When I returned home I found a vacancy in the Princeville Shopping Center for The Nala Center. The expenses and logistics were not in my favor although I signed the lease anyway. From that moment forward everything I did was in effort to build a space for healing.”