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 2011, I was ready to embark on Wake Up Yoga‘s 250-hour Comprehensive Vinyasa Yoga teacher training, led by Corina Benner. Immediately after graduating from the program, I began to sub at Wake Up Yoga (my first class being the day after the teacher training was complete!), and a few short months later, I began my journey as a full-time yoga teacher. Five years later, I specialize in teaching vinyasa and beginners in group classes and am expanding my knowledge of yoga towards the yoga therapy field, working with private students. I have completed just under 200 hours in yoga therapy modules with The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, and in September 2017 will be attending Maryland University of Integrative Health for a masters of science in yoga therapy.
My teaching of the asana, or the physical yoga postures, is deeply rooted in the importance of alignment and muscular engagement, while balancing effort and ease. I work to encourage these important facets of the practice to be explored within each person’s individual body, moment to moment needs, and experience level. Beyond the physical aspects of the practice, I am highly motivated by the meditation techniques of mindful awareness, and observing how mindfulness manifests itself in my day to day life and interactions. In truth, 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 to guide them towards rediscovering their truest self and how to wholly live within that truth.