I began practicing Yoga many years ago during a very physical theatre training program that taught body longevity. The idea was that your body is your only real tool in art and in life, and therefore it should be trained and maintained. Initially, I loved how Yoga made my body feel: strong and limber. I liked backbending and balancing on my hands and most importantly, I loved being good at it. “Good at Yoga.” I was too young and my ego was too in charge to understand that a lifestyle philosophy like Yoga isn’t something you’re “good at”, but something you’re continuously practicing and refining in an effort to know yourself.
But I did continue to practice and eventually was able to see the profound influence Yoga could have on other areas of my life. It is said that who we are on the mat, is who we are in life. As I sweat and stretched and strained to achieve upside down, pretzel shaped poses, I began to see a more distinct image of myself in my yoga mat “mirror”; my habits, my patterns, my reflexive responses. All of the things that kept me spinning in a frustrated circle, or samsara. Awareness of these restrictive cycles enabled me to begin the dialogue for change and the ultimate goal, balance. For me, Yoga has become the study of self or Svadhyaya, the tool that enables me to observe myself (and all things) objectively. It offers a shift in perspective and through that, a break in the circle so I can flow forward and upward. It teaches me to breathe and to experience great joy in the present moment. I’m getting “good” at that.
I love sharing this beautiful practice with people. Yoga has many benefits and what it brings you might be completely different than what it brings me. With this in mind, I try not to cultivate a specific experience in my classes, but instead facilitate space for each student to find their own experience. I think of it as me setting up the physical framework, and letting you and your inner teacher have the internal experience. The physical framework varies from class to class; Hatha will be slow and strong, Power and Flow will be dynamic and playful. Whatever the class, I offer a smorgasbord of alternative challenges and modifications to keep the practice all-inclusive. Open hearts and minds of all levels are welcome.
I studied with Dan Clement (Yogi Extraordinaire) of Open Source Yoga in 2011 to obtain my 240 Hour Yoga Instructor Certificate and am registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT). I have trained with Yyoga’s mentorship program under the tutelage of Clara Roberts-Oss (another Yogi Extraordinaire), completed Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthew’s Yoga Anatomy course via Pacific Elements and studied meditation with Carlos Pomeda. I am a member of the Yyoga teacher training faculty and feel blessed to educate and support people on their journey to becoming a Yoga instructor.