Aura was raised in the mountains of Northern New Mexico where she made an early connection with nature and the outdoors. She has been an athlete all her life, trained in many sports and was a Champion Collegiate High Jumper for the University of New Mexico. Aura was certified as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 1999. Helping others become fit and expand their own physical horizons was a natural progression from her own exercise background. Aura also has been a certified (Yogafit, Level 3 and Baptiste Power Yoga Institute) yoga teacher since 2000. Aura teaches yoga in a way that feels accessible and comfortable for a wide range of people. Her classes are “user-friendly” with a welcoming format that is easy to follow. Her classes are infused with humor, reassurance and creativity. Her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology helps ensure safe classes. Aura is a senior vinyasa “flow” style teacher, and uses choreography and music to create a seamless class. Aura has also studied Ashtanga and Iyengar practice styles. She has led fitness and yoga retreats for women in Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica and Hawaii. She is an excellent group facilitator as well as designer of corporate fitness programs for businesses.
Aura works to accommodate each individual’s needs and lifestyle. She believes fitness should be fun and functional. "We need to feel strong and comfortable in our bodies so that we feel capable and confident in life! Feeling good in our skin affects all other aspects of our lives. When we feel good, we are happy. " It is this essence that Aura teaches.
Aura has been certified as an American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer since 1999 with specialties in Exercise Ball, Flexibility, Aging Populations and Parkinson's Disease.
She is a Level 3 Certified Yogafit Instructor since 2000 and has done many subsequent trainings including work in Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa styles. Most recently, in 2013 she completed her Level I and II trainings with the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. She is an E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance and also the Founder of the Aurafitness Registered Yoga School: Yoga Alliance RYS 200.