The yoga I teach is a tapestry of my voice and the voices of incredible teachers I’ve had the privilege to know. Dance is one of my primary inspirations. I studied ballet and modern dance for over fifteen years at institutions such as Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater of Boston, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Fluid transitions, and especially spiral movements, are of particular interest to me.
I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training with Alan Finger (founder of YogaWorks & ISHTA Yoga) in New York in 2009. It would take me two and half years to gather the courage to begin teaching. I slowly began teaching at Zazen yoga studio in San Francisco, at Google HQ and privately as much as I could while still working fulltime.
I’m not sure how I first got the idea to put my sequences on Youtube. I dubbed the voice-over in my first-ever video (filmed on a friend’s roof at 6am) and used a video converter that left a big watermark on the sequence. I felt completely amateur, but when I began seeing the views, comments and emails that followed, I knew I had stumbled into a lifelong passion.
I love filming yoga classes because some of my most profound yoga moments have happened doing online classes with my teachers. I like the idea that yoga is accessible to all, for a 7 or 75 minute sequence, and that the peace yoga offers us is only a click away. I also love the idea of recording a sequence like a piece of choreography — a unique imprint in time.
Themes I enjoy exploring in my classes are:
– Discovering new space in the body: Where can we make space for breath?
– Attention to transitions: Yoga as dance
– The art of slowing down: Surrender
– Cultivation of the opposite to bring ourselves into balance
When you take class with me, you can expect minimal inversions, practically zero arm balances, slow, dance like motions, spiral movements, heavy alignment and themes about how we can bring yoga into our hearts, daily lives and relationships with others.
Yoga has a special currency that roots us in the present moment and allows us to reconcile all the different parts of ourselves. Enjoy this special practice, and I’m honored to be a part of your journey.