From earliest memories, my life has been centered around movement forms; dancing from age 3, soccer, basketball, softball, swimming and diving, running, rock climbing... Since college, yoga has opened the path of understanding stillness in juxtaposition to my penchant for motion and has given me a clearer vision for the dance of letting go. In the past few years, I have been taking my work and studies toward more subtlety and space, further exploring yoga therapies, medtation and Buddhist thought.
I find myself in constant exploration of the transitions and spaces between; between asanas, between exhale and inhale, between movement forms, between concept and experience, and between tradition and innovation. My explorations of street movement and break(dance) have influenced me heavily and together with my yoga practice led to the creation of the Breakti Method, which I have been fortunate enough to teach nationally and internationally. I teach from a ground of clear alignment and intuitive sequencing, preparing students' bodies and minds for the curiosity and depth of asana. I also like to share a healthy dose of philosophy and psychology with a (primarily) Buddhist take on practice, facilitating the clear perception to which meditation and mindfulness point. I view yoga and meditation practice as a laboratory through which we can explore where we get stuck, and also recognize our inherent capacity to be open-hearted and present.
My Prior and Ongoing Studies include:
- BFA, 2002, Dance Choreography and Pedagogy
- Over 200 hours in Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga
- Over 500 hours in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, and other styles of Hatha Yoga
- Over 200 hours Meditation and Buddhist Studies with Shambhala, Goenka's Vippassana, and a 2013 graduate of the yearlong Buddhist Studies and Teacher Training Immersion at the Interdependence Project with Shastri Ethan Nichtern.
- Studies with Gabriel Halpern (Iyengar and Therapeutics), Carrie Owerko (Iyengar), Laurel Hodory (Ashtanga and Anusara), Schuyler Grant (Vinyasa, Kula Flow), Doug Keller (Therapeutics), Jillian Pransky (Restorative, Therapeutic Applications), Raphael Xavier (somatics and Breaking), Nevine Michaan (Katonah Yoga), and John Friend (Ansuara and Therapeutics)