My first experience with yoga was in 1998 when as a typical, unhealthy undergraduate student I enrolled in the first yoga course offered at Wesleyan University. I slowly began to realize that my body, so accustomed to sitting and studying while ingesting crunchy snacks, was capable of so much more. As I developed a more consistent practice as a social work graduate student several years later at Columbia University, I began to more deeply appreciate how moving, breathing and staying present can infuse our interactions and way of being when we are not physically on the yoga mat.
My aim is to bring the benefits of yoga to as many people as possible, and it is my firm belief that yoga is accessible to people of all ages, shapes, and backgrounds. In order to strenghten the skills necessary to support this belief, I completed the Level 1 Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training with Matthew Sanford at Mind Body Solutions. I teach affordable, beginner-friendly classes that are shared with the public via the Meetup I organize. I also am currently teaching a chair yoga and meditation class at an outpatient chemical dependency program. I currently work as a psychotherapist at a mental health clinic, and it is my long-term goal to bring integrate mindfulness and yoga into a psychotherapy practice.
My slow flow teaching style is influenced by the various styles of yoga I have practiced. These include the flowing, breath to movement linkage of Vinyasa, the therapeutic applications of Yoga Tune Up, and the intelligent sequencing and precise alignment instructions of YogaWorks where I completed the 200 Hour Teacher Training. I have also studied prenatal and restorative yoga.