I was just trying to keep warm when I walked into a hot yoga studio one cold winter evening in New England. I felt an instant connection with the empowering practice of yoga, as I watched my shins sweat and my muscles shake.
I’ve found that the best way for me to learn is experiential, since our experiences are what enlighten, educate, and define us. After college, my desire to give back and broaden my view of the world led me to join the Peace Corps, an experience that taught me about the real power of community. I was fortunate to be in a position where I learned local needs and customs, and worked with the community to help create solutions in a small village in Mali. I came back home in 2001, settling in Boston, Massachusetts. Seeking ways to process my experience abroad, and looking for community, I was fortunate to discover both at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute.
I practiced and trained for five years, then became a hands-on alignment assistant in 2007 and completed my 200-hour teacher training in 2009. I served as a mentor for students in hands-on assistant trainings at the school in 2008 and 2009.
After three years of teaching private and group classes in Boston, I moved to Oakland, California in 2010 to deepen my practice and diversify my yoga studies. I mainly teach vinyasa flow yoga with alignment focus, meditation, and pranayama practices, and recently got back into teaching yin yoga. I also enjoy collaborating with the Love Your Brain Foundation, supporting those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) by sharing yoga and meditation practices. I'm continually participating in advanced trainings and mentorships with many teachers in the Bay Area, and expanding my offerings as my practice evolves.
"Reba is soft-spoken, but don’t let that fool you; she’s also hilarious and a seriously knowledgeable yogi! I love taking her class because I get to laugh and learn something new every time. She’s so kind and patient that I feel safe trying new things, and end up doing way more than I thought I could!" -Kira M.
"Reba's class is nothing short of magical! I find her classes to be grounding and her teaching to be dynamic yet compassionate especially in the days when my energy levels are not so high. Through years of practice and whatever state my body is in, her class always leaves me feeling healed and reinvigorated. Reba's genuine care and love of the craft is why I encourage everyone to take her class."