Ayurvedic Practitioner, Pilates & Yoga Instructor
I have long been passionate about the importance of balancing the body, mind, and heart as well as helping others, even before I knew “what I wanted to do with my life!” Even as a young child, I enjoyed supporting my family and friends. In many ways, I’ve worn the “coach hat” most of my life.
My love of creativity and helping others drew me in at the beginning of my career in 2008 to become a licensed Cosmetologist. As you can tell, I still have a huge love of expressing authenticity and creativity through hair!
For the next five years, I not only styled
In 2014, my mother passed away and It was through my mother’s death that my journey led me towards a definitive role as a teacher, guide, and integrative coach.
My mother grew up challenged by Fibromyalgia, Depression, and an accumulation of what eventually caused her to take her life, Stress. My mother, although beautifully resilient in so many ways, did not have the Self-love, Self-care system, and Self-esteem to build a strong foundation of health to pursue her goals and dreams. Since her passing, I am thirsty to help parents truly connect to themselves and live richer, energetic, and fuller lives.
I also have another passion, dance, and for the last 30 years, I have creatively expressed myself through movement. I was drawn to become a certified Pilates instructor in 2015. I wanted to teach and empower change from the inside out. However, I quickly realized I had to go even deeper and developed an appreciation and belief that the body and mind work together and can not be separated.
And as a lifelong learner, in 2017 I also became a certified Yoga Alliance Instructor. This has furthered my own practice as well as allowed me to expand the tools I use for my clients.
In August of 2017, I moved my home base from San Diego to Portland, Oregon. GreenTree Ayurveda has roots in San Diego and now I am so happy to dig deep here in Portland as well.
I currently reside on the board of the Non-Profit Organization: Oregon Yoga and Ayurveda Association. I offer both in person and online programs.
“My second child was around 4 months old when I contacted Alexandra and started her program.
I was very exhausted due to sleep deprivation, had poor eating habits, and had no energy. It felt like I was trapped and could not find a way out. Every change I attempted ended up in less sleep and less power.
With Alexandra‘s Ayurvedic coaching sessions (plus the homework), I started to become more aware of what I needed to change. It started with small things like learning what Dosha I am, what foods are best for me, and what spices I should be using. Then we went on to find exercises that helped me get out of my trap and feel more energetic! The exercises “dip into joy” and the self-massage, Abhyanga, with warm oils made me feel calmer and have more peace in my heart. Even though everything around me (kids, husband, preparations to go back to work) seemed to be collapsing. After working with Alexandra I became much more aware of what I am eating and the signs my body gives me when I am not OK. I plan meals and do not buy random food in the supermarket as I did before. I externalize and talk more to my partner about what is bothering.
With Alexandra, I learned how important and beautiful it is to meditate. It is still quite stressful with two kids, work, and my own expectations, but now I know tools to bring me back to the person I really want to be. I strongly recommend working with Alexandra!”
E.P. // Biologist, Berlin
“I really had no idea what to expect when I started my 6-week Mind, Body, Spirit Challenge, but it was an amazing journey!
Alexandra helped me set up my goals for the challenge and was always there to talk me through any difficulties. Not just the goals related directly to my Mind, Body, and Spirit, but also the ones that were hindering me as an individual. She gave me all sorts of insights into the Ayurvedic world that have helped me change my daily rituals. For example, I have started using Nasya Oil, which has helped my allergies immensely!
On a larger scale, Alexandra helped me get over my trepidations about meditation (something I had tried once or twice and decided it was too difficult and not worth the time). I continue to meditate almost daily. This helps me both accept and overcome the stresses of daily life in a way that I did not believe could be so simple!
I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to start my journey with Alexandra and I would highly recommend it for anyone else that is interested in starting on a path to better themselves physically, mentally, or spiritually.”
C.R. // Middle School Science Teacher
“I was really skeptical about Ayurveda going into my consultation with Alexandra and appreciated her willingness to meet me where I was at.
Because certain components of the Ayurvedic practice do not resonate with me, Alexandra focused in on what I was looking for.
She helped me figure out a skin ritual that has worked better than anything else I’ve tried (including fancy products like Kiehl’s and Dermologica), and suggested a practice called couples Abhyanga, which is basically rubbing each other with oil before a night time shower. This ritual has felt really grounding and nurturing for my partner and
Additionally, Alexandra works towards queer/trans inclusivity as well as promoting health at all sizes.
I felt extremely cared for and respected in my body and personhood during my consultation with Alexandra and would recommend her!”
R.Q. // Registered Nurse, New York