Few things produce more misery than the soul wrenching anxiety that begins to take over on a Sunday afternoon when you look at the clock and realize that in a few short hours, you'll be forced to face another week of spirit, creativity, and energy depleting work. I spent twelve years feeling this way, creatively stifled and incurably stressed. Through it all, there was one bright light that got me up in the morning and helped me unwind at the end of the day- yoga.
Turning inwards, digging deep to release stagnant spaces, liberating creativity through fluid breath driven movement, this is how I've found a sanctuary in my yoga practice. Devotion, creativity and joy are three words that reflect my yoga teaching style. I teach a slow but challenging dancing flow. Using lively world music beats and the meditative pulse of the heart, my classes are an invitation to refresh, relax and reconnect with yourself and your primal creativity. I have a great deal of respect for the philosophy and wisdom found in classical yoga and balance my approach to Vinyasa with equal parts of playfulness, fluidity and introspection.
I graduated from Niagara University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in English. I began my professional career popping out of a barrel while simultaneously breaking into song on an Off-Broadway stage in NYC. Two years later, I graduated from New York University with a MA in Educational Theatre and later from Pace University with a MST in Secondary English Education and began teaching English and Drama in New York City public schools through Teach for America. I spent a little over a decade teaching in New York City and abroad, writing, directing plays, developing myself as a yogi and holistic practitioner and traveling. I received my 200-hour Vinyasa Flow teacher certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga in New York City in 2008 and began teaching private classes, group classes and in schools to both teachers and students. Two years ago, I moved to the DC metro area where I was mentored by Faith Hunter and gained an additional certification to teach Restorative Yoga. You can find me in DC, Maryland and Virginia where I teach private 1-on-1 yoga classes, semi-private classes and group classes in a variety of studios, schools and spaces (you can find my public teaching schedule here). In addition to teaching classes, I've had the pleasure of leading several workshops that have allowed me to combine my passion for creative writing (there's a novel in my soul), my knowledge of aromatherapy and Ayurveda (which I studied in New York), and my gifts as a Reiki master (I trained in New York and Japan) with my yoga teaching.
In my classes, I invite you to tap into your creative core to free your self-expression and voice. With each inhale, we'll cool and expand. With each exhale, we'll soften and warm. My yoga classes are about so much more than athleticism and fitness, they're about connecting breath with movement, finding and trusting in balance, and grounding down to uncover the courage to embrace challenges both on and off the mat. Each new moment ushers in a new energy, a new dynamic and we greet these moments with breath and movement.
Be fierce and strong like the sun.
Be radiant and kind like the moon.
May your heart shine like silver stars in the velvet dark sky.
I look forward to meeting you soon on the mat!