Yoga is the chance for me to define myself. Sometimes, it feels like the world is shaping me into something that feels far away from the real me. It asks me to adapt, pivot, edit, perform and become a facet or shadow of myself. On my yoga mat, I can shed all of that; shake it off and become a blank canvas where I can be the one holding the paint brush and create my self portrait. Whatever it happens to be on that day. I love the way linking movement to the rhythm of my breath can bring my mind in to a neutral state, allowing me the opportunity to observe myself from a dispassionate, non judgemental place. The more I come back to my mat, the more I can see the pattern of vrittis (mental disturbances) striving to bring me out of neutrality and the more I can clarify and define myself in a truly authentic way. This helps me feel anchored so I don’t start to feel obscured when when the graffiti of the world starts covering me. I always have that clear picture in mind of who I am, and why I do what I do. This keeps me connect to me, and therefore allows me deeper connections to the people around me, but also allows me the safety to question myself and what I believe. This is an ever evolving practice.
I teach yoga to help others on this path, to connect to who they are, independent of relationships and situations and to get a strong, unshakeable sense of themselves so that they don’t ever have to feel adrift, lost, and lonely. From this, I can build my tribe, my community, my kula. Strongly defined, authentic individuals coming together. Because no matter what is going on the world, we are most certainly, always, absolutely in this together and sharing the Yoga practice is a wonderful way to reinforce that fact. Yoga is kindness, Yoga is sharing, Yoga is community, Yoga is love.
I want to express my gratitude for this practice that began over 5,000 years ago in Northern India. I strive to honour and practice the 8 limbs of Yoga of as described by The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the lessons of The Bhagavad Gita, and the asana knowledge of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who taught many of the teachers that have gifted Yoga to the Western world. I humbly bow to the lineage of this practice.
Bio I began practicing Yoga asana in theatre school twenty years ago, but began the mental practice more like ten years ago. I studied with Daniel Clement to obtain my Yoga instructor status in 2011. I’ve studied anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews via Pacific Elements, meditation with Carlos Pomeda, and mentored under Clara Roberts-Oss. I am a teacher trainer with Yyoga, and part of the humbling process of helping Yogis make the transition to instructor and further sharing this beautiful practice.