My love affair with yoga began by accident back in 2009. What started out as an effort to squeeze in a workout in to my busy schedule eventually turned in to a complete reclaiming of myself. Once crippled by depression, anxiety, PTSD, and endless health issues (including migraines, hormonal imbalances, digestive ailments, cystic acne, insomnia, ovarian cysts), I was suddenly able to gain control over my health and wellbeing. My practice on the mat was teaching me how to cope with my life and traumas outside of the studio. I was healing from the inside out, and I felt compelled to show others how they, too, could benefit from incorporating a yoga practice in to their lifestyle.
In 2011, I received my 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from Joschi Yoga International. In 2013, I rented space in New Dorp where I ran a small-group yoga studio Full Time. It was there that I realized how much I loved guiding my clients on a journey of self discovery and reinvention, using Vinyasa Flows and Yin Postures as my mediums.
After teaching a handful of large group classes I realized that I am most passionate about leading small group and one-on-one sessions. As a proud introvert (INFJ, here!), genuine connections are of the utmost importance to me; I try to bring that part of my personality in to my teaching style. I want my clients to feel as though my classes are directed towards their needs and abilities rather than feeling lost and invisible in a crowd of people.
My teachings are breath and alignment focused. The intention here is to give clients an opportunity to gain a greater sense of body awareness and control while also discovering abilities they they never knew they had. Within six months of starting their training with me, complete beginners have gone from from lacking body awareness to demonstrating advanced poses to my newer clients without my input. Clients who have been practicing yoga for years are now realizing their alignment needed improvement. They are suddenly able to conquer postures that had at one time been seemingly impossible to achieve. New milestones are met on a regular basis, families are practicing at home together and sending me photos of their cool new poses while they are away on vacation.
With a little guidance and support my clients are evolving in ways they had never expected, and I am honored to be a part of it.
In case you're wondering, my personal practice involves using Yoga Postures and Yogic Philosophies as a tool for emotional healing and physical fitness. I'm currently focusing my continuing education on Core Strength Vinyasa, a style developed by Sadie Nardini that focuses on strengthening and developing deep inner core muscles. Doing this not only supports us physically on our mat, but mentally and emotionally in our day to day lives.
I also like cats, carbs, and coffee. I'm addicted to buying new plants and books wherever I go. Snowboarding and Dungeon & Dragons are my new Happy Places. My wanderlust is relentless. My empathy and insatiable thirst for introspection are my superpowers. And David Tennant will always be my favorite Doctor. Can't wait to see you on the mat! As always, come as you are.