What makes your class special?
I think my classes offer a safe space for healing, compassion and acceptance, as that has been a big part of my personal practice. The unique vinyasa flow style I’ve come to teach is very rhythmic, so even while sustaining a posture there will be a lot of pulsations and movements. I also like to make my classes accessible to all students so anyone can get to a place of empowerment while staying deeply connected with the breath and the body. I think the most unique aspect of my class is my flute. Live music can be very meditative and relaxing to really help students get out of the mind and into the present moment.
As an engineer, I had this natural desire to understand the deeper principles of what's going on beneath the surface.
What’s your yoga story?
My introduction to yoga was actually as a child from my mom. She got certified to teach yoga and I remember doing headstands in the basement with her. I started practicing more in my mid-to-late 20s and as an engineer I had this natural desire to understand the deeper principles of what’s going on beneath the surface. I used to do yoga to heal social anxiety which coincidentally was the fear that kept me from wanting to teach. Through my training at Kripalu, I really started to learn how to hold myself with compassion and awareness. Then I just fell in love with teaching.
Where can we find you off the mat?
I grew up boating and also love to go sailing so you can pretty much find me at any body of water. Another passion of mine is dancing. I find it to be one of my favorite means of meditation. When I’m not doing any of the above, you may find me on my motorcycle which I find to be another form of meditation, just don’t close your eyes for that one.