I am focused on Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative practices that include Meditation, Pranayama (Breath Work) and Ayurvedic healing and nutrition. I teach an alignment based, injury preventive practice, and take care to support the mind, body, and spirit in my balanced wellness-based classes and workshops. My private practice is based on the needs of individuals. I want to hear your concerns and fears, and build a practice based on incremental growth and rejuvenation.
We are living in uncharted territory in the world right now, and I want to help my clients find peace within the world just as it is. I wish to create a sense of "mind fitness" in my students by pairing a physical practice with elements of emotional and spiritual awareness to elicit a "Relaxation Response." To be present in this moment is the greatest gift I can give.
My journey to becoming a yogi began in college, where I started as a Contemporary Dance major. However, despite many years as a dancer, something seemed off and my dream of being a professional dancer felt destined to be short lived. One week into college, I realized my true passion was the theatre. I switched majors, turning my dance major into a minor and adding on a classical music minor in the meantime.
All dance majors and minors were required to take Yoga and Pilates, and though both were completely foreign to me, by the end of the first day I was in love. All movement interested me, however something felt different and special about Yoga. Over time I noticed I was more flexible, stronger, and more balanced overall. At the end of the day, I took Yoga nearly every semester of college and vowed to myself that one day I would become a Yoga teacher and share it with as many people as I possibly could.
I was signed up and prepared to certify at the end of 2013...FINALLY, after 8 years of taking yoga, I could be the teacher. Unfortunately, when I began to feel constant pain in my hands and wrists, I knew something was wrong and I cancelled my plans to take part in that intensive. I went in for a check up and was shocked to receive the diagnosis of extreme carpel tunnel in both of my wrists. My doctors told me that I would never do Yoga again...suffice it to say, things seemed very bleak. I spent one year doing no yoga or exercise whatsoever. After a year of waiting to feel better, I finally did, and decided to check out a local well known studio a friend recommended.
At YogaWorks, I came back to life. Their incredible teachers helped me heal. I took every class I could fit into my schedule. I spoke to every teacher after class..."what can I do?" "how can I modify?" "can I use this prop?" Quickly I realized I was in the right hands, and halfway through my 200-Hour Certification, I realized that through the instruction I gained there, I had overcome my carpel tunnel.
From there I went on to gain my 300-Hour Certification, as well as certifications in Kids Yoga at Ishta, Y12SR for Addiction Recovery at YogaWorks Santa Monica, and Yoga for Trauma/PTSD with Connected Warriors.
We each have our own path, and I am grateful to share my experiences with all of my students so as to aid in the alignment and care of the bodies and minds of all whom I connect with.