Growing up in The Philippines, Australia, and Los Angeles, Rhea was a chubby child who didn't take the weight off until she set her mind to it as a teenager. She started by joining a gym and succeeded in taking off her "baby fat" by taking on the sport of cross-country running. The confidence that came from not being able to run a mile to being able to race over three mile courses on hills changed her life.
She then continued her fitness journey by studying Shoa-Lin Kung Fu. She learned many styles of fighting, both hard and soft, and learned how to wield a number of weapons. This also opened her mind to the Eastern concept of Chi cultivation, a way to strengthen the energy channels of the body, a subject she enjoyed studying since she was a teenager.
In 1997, Rhea moved to New York to peruse a career in acting and theater. She attended AMDA, a very intense conservatory and was opened to many mind-body, movement practices such as Alexander Technique, Pilates, and Yoga. This gave her a whole new perspective on fitness that included learning to find muscle imbalances and doing specific exercises to prevent injuries, release tension, reduce stress and help improve communication between mind and body. While living in New York, she kept up a consistent yoga practice with Ashtanga and Jivamukti yoga.
After graduating AMDA, Rhea began perusing a career in play writing. She became a member of the 42nd Street Workshop. She put her passion into writing cutting edge plays, workshopping them with other actors and producing them. Here she workshopped plays such as "Galatea" and "The Enlightenment Lodge." She also had the opportunity of having her her plays, "The Loss of Innocence" and "The Ass Monologue" performed at various One Act Festivals.
After giving birth to her son, she moved back to LA and threw her passions into health and fitness. She became very interested in alternative health practices after she discovered that her son had multiple food allergies that few doctor's could help him with. She also became interested in spinal strengthening after struggling with a bad back (now healed) These experiences intensified her need to learn about healthy lifestyles.
She is now an ACE certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is a Rishi institute certified Yoga instructor. She is also certified with AARP in Training Older Adults. and is certified in Zumba and Schwinn cycling. Apart from being the Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator for the West Valley YMCA, she also trains and teaches fitness and yoga classes all over the valley.
Rhea has taught yoga to seniors, working parents, teenagers and children from all walks of life and many different neighborhoods. She even started a family yoga class where she teaches yoga and partner yoga to children and parents in her efforts to help them share intimacy, spirituality and activity in this very hectic age.
As a trainer, she has helped young athletes over come injuries and muscle imbalances thereby improving their performance, helped people lose weight and has improved the posture and mobility of post rehabilitative adults. As a fitness instructor, she has engaged thousands of people to keep up a regular training regimen.
On the side, she continues to write and is working on making her play, "The Enlightenment Lodge" into a novel. She has recently collaborated with Gregory Christian and has written, "the dolls," a suspense thriller.
Making people healthy, getting people active and involved, continuing a network of creativity and art in the community, connecting fields of knowledge to find new solutions and better methods.
I'm interested in using motivational techniques to encourage all kinds of people to keep fitness and healthy eating part of their lifestyle. I'm also interested in using these same techniques to help people battle addiction.
I am interested in bringing my knowledge of movement and fitness to other areas of teaching. I would love to find a way to teach restless children subjects such as math and reading by incorporating movement so they get exercise and involve their bodies in learning. For example, we need to get kids to stand and act as they read. We can involve children in physical games or dance to help teach mathematical concepts. I hope that in the future, we can categorize learners not by, slow, remedial, average or gifted but by kinesthetic learner, visual learner, etc.
I am also interested in using many of the methods I was taught in acting to teach people like teachers or salesmen how to interact with people.
How being physically fit is the foundation of having a sound mind and a balanced emotional foundation; about martial arts, yoga, chi energy, freeing people creatively, helping families stick together.
freelance writing,knowing what causes people's physical ailments by talking about their lifestyle, yeast over growths, food allergies, using different approaches to reach different types of people