Ximena was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She began practicing yoga at the age of 18, taking Kundalini Yoga at her local community center. In 2007, while obtaining her 200-hour teacher certification from Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC, she was introduced to the Jivamukti® Yoga method. She was drawn to the method because of its vigorous flow sequences, along with its integration of yogic scripture, bhakti (devotion), and strong emphasis on environmental and social activism, animal rights, and veganism.
Ximena is a graduate of the 2009 Jivamukti® Yoga teacher training, completed her 800-hour apprenticeship alongside her beloved mentor, Maria Preuster, and received her advanced certification in 2012. She is inspired to serve and share the teachings not only at home in New York City, but throughout the world, particularly in Latin America where she is able to teach in her native language, Spanish.
She is eternally grateful to her beloved teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life; and to all of the other teachers who have done so in the past, and who continue to inspire and illuminate her path along the way, especially, Yogeswari, Maria Preuster, Jeffrey Cohen, Jules Febre, and Jill Abelson.