I began practicing yoga in 2008, while studying theater at Temple University. Yoga quickly became, not only a physical practice, but a way to connect to the world through movement and breath. As I continued exploring this connection, an entirely new way of experiencing life opened up to me–one that I never imagined to be possible. The deep contemplation that yoga provokes inspires open-mindedness, patience and understanding for oneself and others. Yoga offers the ability to truthfully connect with the present moment, in whatever way that moment turns up. With this new-found view of the world and understanding of myself and my truth, I started to notice how it became easier to move through the constant ebbs and flows that life thrives on.
In the spring of 2012, I completed Wake Up Yoga‘s 250-hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training, led by Corina Benner. I specialize in teaching vinyasa and beginners in private sessions and group classes, and am expanding my knowledge of yoga within the field of yoga therapy. I have completed just under 200 hours of yoga therapy certifications with The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, and am currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health.
My teaching of the asana, or the physical postures, is rooted in the importance of individual alignment and muscular engagement, while balancing effort and ease. I work to encourage these facets of the practice to be explored within each person’s body, moment to moment needs, and experience level. Beyond the physical aspects of the practice, I am motivated by the meditation techniques of mindful awareness and yoga nidra, and pranayama (breath work), and observing how these practices manifest in day to day interactions.
Yoga is a process, a practice: a living, breathing tradition of svadyaya, or self-study, with many ups and downs. My hope is that I may inspire students to commit to the practice, and through this commitment, help guide them towards rediscovering their truest self and how to wholly live within that truth.