Yoga has changed Ximena’s life…

Now in her mid-forties, she is convinced that Yoga has made her healthier, stronger and more content than ever.

Ximena discovered Yoga in 1994. At the time, she was the young host of a TV show, “Good Morning Nicaragua.” One day, she interviewed a Mexican yogi who was backpacking through Central America. He became her first teacher. But it wasn’t until she had major knee surgery in 2001 that she used yoga as rehabilitation and got into intense daily practice and the study of yoga. In 2006, she completed her first teacher training with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in the Bahamas, and in 2007 she became a Certified Jivamukti Yoga® Teacher in New York.

Weaving together strands of her life as an International Communications Consultant for the World Bank and as a Yoga Teacher, this passionate traveler taught mainly in Miami Beach and Washington DC. In 2009, when she realized that she wanted to devote her life to share the wisdom of yoga, she had the blessing of becoming pregnant. In June 2010, she became a certified Khalsa Way® Prenatal Yoga Teacher, a tradition inspired in the Kundalini yoga technique, by Golden Bridge Yoga Los Angeles. A few days later, her son Arun Valentin, was born at home in Washington DC.

Ximena now lives in Managua, Nicaragua with her son. Her goal is to live life to the fullest until she is 100 years old. Her mission is to share with enthusiasm the transformative power of yoga. She feels profound gratitude towards her teachers: Susan Mayer, Jenny Cornero, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmuk Kaur Khalsa, and certainly to that goodhearted Mexican backpacker.

“I want to live a significant life that frees me from destructive emotions and helps to learn to give value to the things that really are important…like your smile”, says Ximena.

Her favorite quote:

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
–Aldous Huxley