I found my way into my first yoga class in Charleston, SC, in 2009 right after my 24th birthday. A strenuous move into a new apartment in conjunction with years of working on my feet in the restaurant industry as well as being an on-and-off runner, finally culminated into the infamous plague of lower back pain. My mother, an avid yoga practitioner, encouraged me into my first class, and needless to say, my back pain disappeared. A teacher once told me, "For most people, the reason they first sign up for a yoga class is not the reason they keep coming back." That was definitely the case for me. While the physical benefits were (and are) incredible, I also began to understand myself with an enlightening sense of awareness. I maintained and on and off relationship with yoga until moving to New York. To balance the chaos and pressures of the big city, yoga became essential to my wellbeing. I hold amazement at how the practice has something to teach us every single day if we remain open to the opportunity--a limitless resource for self inquiry, and discovery, and peace.
As I continue to grow as a teacher, I'm fascinated with how the movement of our bodies and breath is integral to our physical and mental health. I love the fact that every single body that walks into the classroom is vastly different, and through my teaching style, I seek to encourage each student to explore his or her own body uniquely. Using the breath to ensure a grounded physical and meditative practice, I aim to provide students with the tools to discover the relationship between growth and surrender in their bodies and minds.
I'm an RYT 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor through Jata Veda Yoga in Brooklyn, NY and have additionally trained with Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project, Jules Mitchell of Yoga Biomechanics, Corina Benner of Wake Up Yoga, and Stephanie Creaturo and Angela Clark at Mala Yoga. I teach group classes in various Brooklyn studios, private sessions, and corporate yoga.