My intention as a yoga teacher is to create an environment that is supportive, inclusive, nurturing and light-hearted. My classes are influenced by my studies with gifted teachers of vinyasa, Iyengar, restorative and prenatal yoga, as well as ancient yogic texts and their modern interpretors. I draw inspiration from poets and philosophers, religions and cultures, anatomy courses, and anyone with helpful tools that might provide insight for navigating our complicated existence.
My classes incorporate alignment-based vinyasa, and also slow movements that allow for exploration and precision. We practice different breathing techniques and meditate and build courage by going upside down and build compassion when it doesn't always work out.
I am forever mindful about how to share, apply, and articulate the ancient teachings in a way that is relevant, relatable and helpful to students.
As a retreat leader, my motivation is to share heart-opening cultural exchanges and adventures with other curious beings. Each time I travel, I am continually awed and inspired by the interconnectedness and similarities that exist between human begins, while delighting in the differences that make the world a richer and more wonderful place.
Nothing has shown me my own insignificance more than traveling. To travel is to be humbled again and again by the beauty, magnificence and love that exists in the world. My heart keeps expanding to embrace it all: I want to meet all the people and see all the lands and do all the things. I love the feeling of wonder when I arrive for the first time in a new place. On my yoga mat, I try to invoke this feeling in my right pinky toe. I can be curious at home, with an echo of the Marrakech night market in my memory.
The curiosity I cultivate on the yoga mat infuses my interactions and relationships off the mat. I'm curious about the emotions and thoughts that bubble to the surface when I'm trying to balance and breathe in ardha chandrasana. I try to stay open and receptive to patterns or insights that may reveal themselves during my yoga practice. Likewise, I am curious about YOUR experience. Did your breath get stuck in that backbend? Why? What did you feel? Let's get to the heart of the matter.
Whether I'm teaching an hour yoga class or a weeklong retreat, I aim to facilitate connection: between you and your breath, between you and your heart, between you and the earth, between you and the local people and culture, between you and your fellow yogis. My hope is that you will leave with a better sense of wellbeing and a more spacious, open heart.
Raised in a small NH town. Went to college in a slightly bigger NH town. Made my way to NYC, by way of San Diego, and have fallen in love with this noisy, boisterous, dirty, big-hearted metropolis.
I've waited tables, managed programs at an environmental organization, and ran logistics for a commodities brokerage firm. Somehow, inexplicably or entirely understandably, that path led me to yoga and I've been teaching for over a decade.
Currently teaching yoga in Hoboken, Jersey City and NYC, as well as in far off places that make my heart ache with joy and gratitude.
Trained at OM Yoga Center in NYC.
Forever thankful to my main teachers: Genny Kapuler, Margi Young, the dudes at Now Yoga in NYC, and the ups and downs of life.