I teach from a place of curiosity rather than a place of mastery. Every week, every class, there’s some new connection, some new action or theme to consider, a familiar pose to look at in a new way. I teach yoga because I am fascinated by it. As a student of yoga, my practice and my teaching are constantly evolving. My asana practice (the physical practice of yoga) didn’t come easily to me. After many years of on again off again practice I found my teachers who made me feel seen and allowed me to start to see myself, understand my habits and really resonate with what the practice of yoga is all about.
I have practiced vinyasa yoga off and on for half my life and taught full time for over five years. Over the past few years, I have been more inspired by the structure and subtlety of Iyengar yoga. In my classes, I blend the rigor of vinyasa with the nuance of Iyengar. You will move, dig deep, think, use props and probably do some work at the wall. I believe in asana and alignment as a form of meditation, to wake up parts of your physical body that may have been asleep for years. It is a way of putting your mind in the present and show up to exactly where you are. It’s a big ask, but always worth it. Students wishing to be seen and challenged in their practice will resonate with my classes.
I am in deep gratitude to the teachers and voices who have transformed and inspired my practice in ways great and small – Ame Wren, Kevin Courtney, Claire Carroll, Nadje Rafae, Irum Naqvi and many others. I will always be a student first, teacher second.
After years of teaching yoga, I turned to massage to deepen my understanding of the human body and expand the way I’m able to connect with and heal my clients. I studied therapeutic massage at the Massage School in Boston and spent a month learning Thai Massage at The Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Whether on the massage table or the Thai massage mat, I strive to offer work is deep, fluid and purposeful, targeting areas of tension in the body to create a greater sense of freedom and ease.
In my teaching, I strive to deliver classes that are challenging but accessible to all bodies and all people no matter where they are on their journey of yoga. In my vinyasa practice and teaching, I integrate intentional sequencing, creative transitions, and carefully crafted playlists to take students out of their heads and into their bodies. I make an effort to teach with clear, concise cues and support students with many hands on assists that encourage safety, proper alignment and more depth in a given pose. I truly believe I have the greatest job there is. I try to infuse that sense of gratitude and joy into every class I teach.