Hometown: Reston, Virginia
Teaching Yoga Since: 2016
What to expect in your classes: I came to the mat in 2007 as an avid runner – I was tight and weak and I did not even know it! As I practiced yoga, I worked with personal trainers and physical therapists developing better body awareness as I grew stronger. Now, as a teacher, I recognize that everyone has their own “anatomical reality” and I encourage everyone to find their own variation of each posture. Helping students understand which muscles are activated within a pose and allowing time to experience different sensations in the body are my goals for every class.
While I enjoy sequencing vinyasa classes that offer challenge to the practitioner, I am also drawn to the gentler practices of Yin and Restorative yoga. We live in stressful times and I believe that these practices where we turn inward can help us cultivate peacefulness both on and off the mat. The practice of yoga has changed me – not just physically, but on spiritual and mental levels as well. I hope everyone leaves my class feeling more relaxed and comfortable in their own bodies, and maybe even a little inspired.
Favorite Movie/Book: the Harry Potter series of books and films
Favorite Food: a Krispy Kreme raspberry jelly filled doughnut
Pet Peeve: driving slowly in the fast lane, “optional” use of turn signals – most of my pet peeves are about driving since I spend so much time in my car!
Words to live by: “The quieter you become, the more you can hear” – Ram Dass
Fun Fact: I wrote and performed in an off-off Broadway musical with two friends. I also did cabaret shows in two NYC venues “Don’t Tell Mama’s” and “Rose’s Turn”.