My intention as a yoga teacher is to create an environment that is supportive, inclusive, nurturing and light-hearted. 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 interpreters. 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. Students 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 beings, while delighting in the differences that make the world such a fascinating and wonderful place.
To travel is to face our individual insignificance; to be humbled again and again by the beauty, goodness, 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. There is nothing like that feeling of wonder when you arrive for the first time in a new place. Can we keep that sense of awe, even when we return back to our routines?
The curiosity we cultivate on the yoga mat can enlighten our interactions and relationships off the mat. Can we be curious about the feelings that bubble to the surface when we're trying to balance and breathe in ardha chandrasana? Can we stay open and receptive to patterns or insights that may reveal themselves during our yoga practice and see how they may relate to the rest of our lives? Did your breath get stuck in that backbend? Why? What did you feel? In which other situations might you find yourself holding your breath? 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.