I always like to remember my first yoga experience - a Bikram class in NYC. I was nervous and insecure as I looked around the room which was filled with dancers who could contort their bodies like acrobats. I suddenly wondered why I had never stretched during my entire childhood, especially the years I played competitive field hockey. I felt stiff and out of place. A simple forward bend was a challenge for me; I could barely reach beyond my knees. And the thought of breathing exercises or meditation made me feel completely out of sorts. I was amazed how after only a few months of consistent yoga, I had gained both tremendous flexibility through practicing asanas and a deep sense of calm from incorporating simple breath work. I recall one occasion when a fellow yogi asked me if my background was in dance. I chuckled as I eagerly shared my story. For me, yoga has provided a tangible experience of possibility in all areas of life. On the mat, we catch a glimpse of our deepest self, our strengths and weaknesses, as we challenge ourselves and experience growth, all in the process of integrating mind body and spirit.
As a dedicated yogi for over 18 years, I am committed to teaching yoga as a complete spiritual science - enriching others through the 8 limbs tradition of yoga. My classes, which offer a strong focus on core strength and alignment, are always rooted in the idea of developing awareness in my students. During class I guide students through the process of self inquiry - encouraging them to make deep personal connections as they become the ultimate observers both in class and in daily living.
I completed both my 200 and 500 hour teacher training at Om Sweet Om (Thank you Gail for being an inspiring role model). In my spare time, I love to travel, especially to India to study with my teacher His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji. Having a connection with guru has added a deeply devotional and spiritual aspect to my life. Being able to fully trust that life always supports, I have gratefully experienced pure joy - an inner happiness that just is, and is not based on any external factors. The truth about life is that we are all divine, loving and compassionate beings. To be able to share this understanding about life with others is truly a blessing.