As a little girl, my mom used to tell me that I spent more time with my feet in the air than on the ground. As it turns out, that remains (at least in part) true. I climbed anything I could, hung upside down at every opportunity, and that urge to move landed me in ballet lessons which I kept up for thirteen years. As an introverted kid, moving my body was my form of self expression; it's how I "spoke" to the world. At twenty one I knew my dancing days were numbered, and in search of a big life change, I moved to New York City... by myself... with no real plan. To say that was a learning experience is putting it mildly.
Hell's kitchen, NYC is where I wandered into my first yoga class. You might expect to hear that I was instantly hooked, but that's not quite how it went. It was my type A, competitive nature that kept me going back. I wanted to hit the pose, master the balance, and do it all more gracefully than the person next to me. I needed to sweat it out, have my butt kicked, and be left spent in svasana. I needed that at a time in my life when I didn't know who I was or what I wanted my life to be.
Then, as is the way of the practice, it sinks in below the surface and penetrates the brain, nervous system, and heart; I was slowly being led down a path. Of course I didn't see it then, but looking back is always a clearer picture. This practice was allowing me to glimpse at who I was, and connect with a version of myself that has nothing to do with skin, bones, and belief systems. That connection is what fuels my practice today; it is a way to remember who I am and move with meaning. BKS Iyengar says, "As breath stills our mind, our energies are free to unhook from the senses and bend inward". Now, my practice is a gateway to bend inward, to experience quiet, to sit still. This sets the stage for what I teach: establishing structure, finding freedom within that structure, then turning within.
What I teach (public classes)
Public classes are a blend of my training and my love of moving the body in interesting ways. I operate within the framework of vinyasa and incorporate alignment, bio-mechanics and breath to facilitate graceful controlled movement. Some classes build to a specific pose while others focus on a specific quality or action- each class is different.
What I teach (private lessons)
There is a yoga for every body! I love teaching one on one; it allows my to tailor the session to your specific needs and design a practice that brings balance to your life. This may mean literal balance building strength, mobility, and range of motion, or more figuratively allowing the body to soften, heal, and release stress. Please visit Private Lessons page for more information.