The first time I taught yoga was in 2005 while doing relief work in Phuket, Thailand after the Tsunami. I was immersed in my morning practice on the beach when other volunteer workers approached and asked me to teach them. We ended up doing sun salutations together before each breakfast and reconstructing houses throughout the rest of every day. I felt grateful that I was able to help and serve people on a variety of levels. I found contentment during my time there—realizing, for the first time, that all of my personal trials and tribulations contributed to a larger message of inspiration that I could share through the medium of yoga.
When I became a full time instructor in New York City years ago I wasn’t sure exactly what it would bring. I knew I wanted to expose people to the enormous amount of evolution and introspection that yoga had given me. I was skeptical that I would actually find the same eagerness to learn and receptivity that I had originally encountered in the distressed community in Thailand. Instead, I discovered that no matter where you are in the world the need for yoga and its principals are universal. Once you access the ability to live more skillfully and are introduced to a path to change your life, that path, or message, becomes a road that’s difficult to turn away.
Over the years my own personal message, or philosophy, has gotten stronger, clearer and deeper as I’ve continued my daily practice on and off the mat. I’ve developed a more insightful understanding of my life story, all the things that make me who I am today and how I can better relate to the world around me to become a better person for tomorrow.
My classes reflect my constant search for truth and self-awareness. If we can set aside an hour or 90 minutes in a day to be completely honest and present with what is happening inside our minds, hearts, and bodies we can all get a little closer to discovering who we really are, what we want, and how to move through life from a simple place of unadulterated contentment. My instruction is breath-centered, alignment oriented, guided by the heart, and grounded in the present moment. My style is uplifting, challenging, and empowering. Inspired by the many lives I’ve lived, my blessed experiences in India, my years of movement study and training in the Alexander Technique, and over a decade of personal practice, I enter each class hoping to impart an inkling of what has been gifted to me.
My deepest gratitude to all of you who continuously support and inspire me, my family, my friends, and to my gracious teachers who have guided me to be a better practitioner, person and teacher: Jerry Gardner, Gerhard Gessner, Carolina Vivas, Jane Elizabeth McCormick, Nikki Viella, Jillian Turecki, David Regelin, Thomas Droge, Raghunath Cappo, Nikki Costello, Schuyler Grant and John Friend.