Cruz is Chicago native who found himself living in Virginia after graduating from undergrad in 2014. He was working as a personal trainer when a friend invited him to take his first ever yoga class. Immediately, he knew that he wanted yoga to be a major part of his lifestyle, so he decided to embark on the journey to become a certified instructor. He spent a few years in NoVa teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga and practicing the Ashtanga-based Rocket Yoga. During that time, he was also fortunate enough to start a volunteer-based project at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital, teaching yoga to patients and families on the hospital floor. Cruz will be starting medical school this August and during his final weeks in Richmond, he hopes to spread joy and positivity through his yoga classes.