- Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
- First Yoga Class: Meditation (15 years old), physical class (2008)
- Favourite Pose: Sun Salutations, Moon Salutations
- Most Challenging Yoga Pose: Backbends
- Biggest Challenge on the Mat: My injuries (as an athlete)
- Biggest Challenge off the Mat: the self, the habitual patterns, the demons, the ego
Vinyasa/Yin Yoga Instructor
Monica is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200, RYT-500), a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) . She is an ocean lover and a Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) yoga enthusiast. She is global brand ambassador for Starboards Stand Up Paddle Boards/Paddle board Yoga. She is also certified in Yin Yoga, Inner Yoga ™, Children’s Yoga and Aerial Yoga.
Monica spent an active life growing up as an Ice Skating athlete. She competed in both local and international competitions, winning several medals and performing in ice skating show tours. Yoga and meditation first came to her at an early age of 15 as part of her athletic training. It became more important to her when she was determined to have Scoliosis (a sideways deviation of the spine). This made her realize that she would likewise have to make adjustments in her life. Yoga has made a great impact on her and it has changed her life physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Back when she lived in San Francisco, she started to learn yoga- eventually earning her certification in 2011. She began stand-up paddle board yoga in 2013 practicing her craft around the lakes and waters of the city by the bay. She also taught yoga classes there until she moved back to the Philippines in 2014 where she continues to teach yoga today. Having lived in two countries, Her classes are very diverse- her teaching style uniquely shaped by her fun and perky personality and inspired by 2 diverse cultures (western and eastern). She is greatly influenced by her teachers and mentors from Yoga Tree/Yoga Works San Francisco including Dina Amsterdam, Pete Guinosso, Sean Haleen, Jill Abelson, Jason Bowman, Janet Stone, Jai Uttal, Shana Meyerson (Yoga Athletica), Jennifer Moore (Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga) and Lisa Marie Haley (Flight Club Yoga).
In Manila, where she is currently based, one will find that if she is not on a mat in the yoga studios of the city, she is on a stand-up paddle board paddling the warm tropic beaches and islands of the Philippines.