Around the time that I fell in love with Pilates, a friend introduced me to yoga, specifically Jivamukti Yoga in New York City. I had no idea what I was in for and was blown away by how physically challenging the class was. I was incredibly humbled by how difficult it was for me, but I walked away in love and in awe of the practice. I had felt so grounded, calm, and content in my life (not to mention exhausted!). In that moment, I knew that yoga was something very special and something that I wanted to experience much more of. Unfortunately, due to the rigorous nature of the Pilates certification program I was undergoing, I was unable to attend yoga classes nearly as much as I would have liked. Even though I was only able to go sporadically at the time, I always left feeling more at peace and confident with myself and the world. It’s a big statement to make but I can say with 100% certainty that yoga has influenced and changed my life in extraordinary ways. I will be forever grateful to my first mentor, Cassandra Rigney, who not only taught me how to challenge by body physically, she also helped me to understand and see my self-worth and treat my body with the respect and love that it has always shown me. Yoga has been instrumental in my healing and my life’s journey. It has helped me to accept myself and others, to always be compassionate and accepting, and to realize that there is so much more than what we see in front of us.
I’ve worked with phenomenal teachers who have all influenced me and my practice in different ways. For all of these reasons, I decided to become a yoga teacher. I am humbled and grateful to share this beautiful practice with others. My hope is that I’m able to share with my students what yoga and my teachers have shared with me. I am a 500+ hour advanced yoga teacher and studied under Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis and Maty Ezraty (the original owner of Yoga Works). I teach a vigorous yet mindful class, heavily influenced by Vinyasa, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Iyengar. The physical practice helps guide the emotional and spiritual. All are interconnected. Yoga is a practice that teaches us how to be compassionate to ourselves and to others.
Yoga is love.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.