At my first yoga class in high school, my teacher warned the class that yoga would set us free… eventually, and only if we liked it. Twenty years later, with a lot of teaching and practice experience behind me, I can confirm that yoga works best when it’s treated like a friend– called upon often, comfortable in silence, and nurtured when the going gets a little rough.
My yoga instruction offers something for everyone looking for that friendship, whether they want it to improve strength, find flexibility, or escape the frenzy of an over-planned life. If students are interested, we can chant and explore the chakras but primarily everyone will be asked to listen carefully to their intuition and bodies. Modifications will always be offered and encouraged because I believe yoga should conform to the practitioner, not the other way around.
Whether we linger in basic poses or flow through challenging transitions, I try to guide my students toward a deeper connection to breath, spinal structure and the stability and space that comes when these two work in tandem. My greatest hope for every class is that my students will discover one thing– big or small– that will allow their yoga practice to endure for as long as they’d like. Students might even learn an anatomical term or two.
I’m accredited with a 500-hour certification in the foundations of Viniyoga and yoga therapy with the American Viniyoga Institute, a 200-hour training in Integrative Yoga and have studied with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and various other teachers in the U.S. and New Zealand. I have completed over 700 hours of massage training, am certified in Reiki and diligently educate myself on body mechanics, physiology and the best practice in bodywork. I have been further certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Educator with the Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America. These trainings have required that I demonstrate my skills in conveying asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation, nutrition, yoga philosophy and psychology.
Having worked for over a decade in social justice law with HIV-positive and disabled folks, I have a keen interest in helping others who are helping themselves to health and wellbeing which is the precursor to my training in Ayurveda and massage therapy.
Whether you’re hoping to find greater strength and flexibility, a more functional movement pattern, better postural awareness or just a calm moment with your body and breath, I’d be honored to help you on your path. I’m located in San Diego, California.