Sam is an international yoga teacher based in Miami, Florida. She teaches private and public classes, workshops, and trainings. Her mission is to help her students create an inner journey towards freedom and empowerment. For Sam, yoga is a deep connection of the mind, body, and soul. It is a spiritual tool that cultivates strength, freedom, and compassion both on and off the mat. It is ultimately a path to peace.
Sam teaches power vinyasa, restorative, yin, and meditation. She completed the advanced training in Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma and Addiction with Kula for Karma. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Administration from the University of Miami.
Sam is a wellness advocate, handstand enthusiast, writer, adventurer, and photographer. Her interests lie in conservation, human rights, and empowerment. She holds monthly classes to benefit a local environmental non-profit and an annual benefit class to raise genocide awareness.
Journeys for the Soul
Before becoming a yoga teacher, Sam spent six years working in higher education management. She worked at the University of Miami (her alma mater) and Charles University in Prague, managing a study abroad program with a focus on 20th century European history and the Holocaust. Much of her work was devoted to leading over 25 educational tours to Poland, Germany, Hungary, Austria, and Turkey. Sam’s devotion to humanitarian efforts, fostered by the numerous trips she led to historical sites and concentration camps throughout Eastern Europe, led her to attend a human rights program in Rwanda in 2012. Her journey to Africa began.
After living in Prague for five years, Sam relocated to southern Africa. She spent three months in South Africa and Namibia and ultimately returned to Rwanda to work at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV). ASYV is a residential community home to 500 youth orphaned during and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Sam lived and worked on-site, managing partner and donor relations. Her greatest role though was being a mentor to 16 teenage girls. Sam returned to the United States in November 2014.
Visit the gallery to see more photos of life in Rwanda.
After living abroad for six years, Sam never imagined that her most significant trip would be the journey inward. Her experiences overseas ultimately led her to yoga. The studio became her sanctuary. She began studying and practicing yoga as a means to heal. She found a way to reconnect with herself and transformed her life to focus on wellness and healthy living. Her life is dedicated to sharing the same peace and strength that she found through yoga.
To read more about her journey from Rwanda to yoga, read her article on Yoga International.