What brought you to yoga?
For most of my life I was an athlete, gymnast, and dancer/performer. While I learned many skills, it did a number on my joints. I had a lot of strength and flexibility, but also a lot of pain. I looked for answers through Western medicine and found after four knee surgeries that I was dealing with autoimmune arthritis and fibromyalgia. I decided to stop beating up my body and start taking care of it. I found Hatha yoga through a local gym and practiced it as often as I could. I used visualizations and meditations to deal with my chronic pain. The times I practiced yoga I felt more energized, joyful, and dealt with less pain on a daily basis.
Why did you become a yoga teacher?
I have practiced Hatha, Vinyasa, Acro, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, and/or hot yoga since the age of 15, and knew that it would be an excellent way to exercise while healing. Later, I found Pralaya Yoga, which was the perfect fit for my life because of its focus on healing the body through movement and mental focus. As I practiced, my natural inclination for teaching became overwhelming and I enrolled in the teacher training program with Robert Boustany.
Hobbies/ Interests/ Fun Facts
I am a mother of two young girls, I teach K-12 Spanish and Theater at Rainard School for the Gifted, Mom and Me Theater at Broadway Bound, and yoga at Tranquil Heart. I have a Black Belt in Hapkido and I regularly train and perform on Aerial apparatuses, static trapeze being my favorite. Yoga gives me the strength and patience to love and care for my children and husband while working and managing the complexities of life.
What kinds of things can your students expect from one of your classes?
After my class, you will walk away feeling like you can handle your day with ease. My style is based strongly in Pralaya, but incorporates Hatha, Iyengar, Slow Vinyasas, and a touch of dance/pilates conditioning. My goal is to build functional flexibility while improving quality of life through healing and challenging asana practice.