Andrea first fell in love with yoga and the union of breath, movement and meditation immediately after she graduated from high school in Washington State. She went on to get her bachelors degree in Communications from University of Portland. Since then, life has taken her on an incredible world journey and she is grateful that her practice has been a consistent and major part of her daily routine no matter where she has lived. In 2000, she joined the Peace Corps and for two years, lived on the tiny island of Yap, in Micronesia, where she taught English and yoga to children and adults in her village. It was during this time that she realized her passion for teaching yoga as a means to facilitate health and healing, both in herself and others.
After Micronesia, she moved to Japan, where she taught English and studied yoga and meditation with various teachers in temples throughout the Kansai area. From Japan she moved to Thailand, where she completed a 1000-hour teacher training with David Goulet and Marina Hallerman. It was in Thailand where she really expanded her knowledge about chakras, asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, and the eight limbs of yoga, Astanga. Following the course, she stayed on to run the local yoga and meditation center with her sister, Christina, for almost a year. In 2004 she moved back to Micronesia to open a dive and yoga shop. Also a certified dive instructor, she combined her love of yoga and diving and began teaching yoga classes to her divers. Yoga teaches you how to control your breathing while your body is at work, so you can deliver more oxygen to your muscles. The breath work and meditation aspect of yoga is immensely helpful in improving diving skills.
Andrea completed a 500-hour teacher training in 2006 with Ana Forrest and Jonathan Bowen in Seattle, where she learned how to use breath, focus and intention to venture deeper into opening her heart. In 2007 she signed on as the resident yoga teacher managing the yoga program at COMO Shambhala Retreat, Parrot Cay Resort, in Turks and Caicos. She taught yoga daily to guests of all levels and physical conditions. In May 2007, she was one of 70 yoga teachers invited to take part in a pilot program for Donna Karan's Urban Zen Initiative. During that time, she worked with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Mary Dunn, Richard Freeman, Gary Kraftskow, Sharron Gannon, and David Life, among other incredible teachers and healers.
Andrea is currently traveling between the US, the Caribbean and Europe. She teaches private classes, small retreats, and continues to do outreach work with several international organizations.