In many ways, most of my adult life has been a love affair with movement and how the human form embodies motion and stillness in a variety of mediums. Specifically, my studies and training have focused around the nuance and rhythms of street dance as an art form, a culture, and a way of connecting to profound wisdom. Following an injury in 2004, I began studying and practicing yoga asana as it applied structurally, energetically, and therapeutically to the body. My career in yoga begin in 2005 and has taken me from the dance floor to the mat to managing many sizes and styles of studios, and then back to the mat, the dance floor, and now the cushion. Over time, I have found clear comparisons and connections in these different elements and practices and continue to be intrigued and inspired by the function, form, health and spirit of human movement and the ethical and intellectual practices that lay the groundwork for understanding. My own teaching weaves clear instruction with the metronome of breath, and I aim to guide my students toward a sense of their own structure and rhythm in dialogue with space, gravity and the alignment of action.
Prior and Current Studies include:
- BFA in Dance Choreography and Pedagogy
- Over 100 hours in Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga
- Over 500 hours in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, and other styles of Hatha Yoga
- Studies with top teachers including Raphael Xavier (somatics and Breaking), Nevine Michaan (Katonah Yoga), Laurel Hodory (Ashtanga and Anusara), Schuyler Grant (Vinyasa, Kula Flow), Doug Keller (Therapeutics), Jillian Pransky (Restorative, Therapeutic Applications), Carrie Owerko (Iyengar), and John Friend (Ansuara).
- Over 200 hours Meditation and Buddhist Studies with Shambhala, Goenka's Vippassana, and currently the yearlong Buddhist Studies and Teacher Training Immersion at the Interdependence Project with Shastri Ethan Nichtern.