I started my journey on the yogic path in 1995 when I was introduced to Hatha and Bikram yoga. In 1998, I began practicing Ashtanga yoga. I was immediately hooked on the athletic practice. Down the road, consequently, I adopted other athletic yoga yoga traditions. Yoga has become an invaluable tool for me in all areas of my life. As a shameless optimist (I get that from my grandfather) and a typical type A personality (I get that from my parents), yoga brought me peace and calm. It helped me deal with my racing mind and completely empowered me! As a result, I found a unique way to tap into my creative energy and transcend self-doubt.
Transformative and powerful, yoga has forever changed my life. I really wanted to share that with people. I received a 200-hour certification from Greenpath Yoga Studio in the summer of 2002. It was there I learned the fundamentals of teaching from Clayton Horton. During a year-long apprenticeship with Rusty Wells in 2004, I learned the power of hands on adjustments and the importance of visual cueing in a safe and compassionate environment. My influences have been many: my teaching style is a combination of the many years of practice in Ashtanga yoga as well as the creativity and flexibility emanated from the Vinaysa and Power formats.
My teachers are everywhere. I continue to learn from my students, mentors, family, friends and everyone who crosses my path on a daily basis. I have also trained and practiced with some of the best instructors and gurus in the world including: Sri K. Pattahbi Jois, Shiva Rea, Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Dharma Mittra, Patricia Walden, Tias Little, Jai Uttal, Ana Forrest, Seane Corne and Tim Miller.
My Vinyasa and Power Yoga classes have a personal, compassionate, real-life quality. I infuse a great soundtrack, strong sequencing and powerful, inspirational readings into each of my classes. I strive to create a safe environment for my students to play, have fun, let go and push themselves to be in the moment, wherever they are, on any given day. My hope is that whether you are new to yoga or an advanced practitioner, you leave my classes feeling better–calm, challenged and rejuvenated. Currently, I teach group classes for Equinox fitness and private lessons in NYC.