What in your practice inspires you to teach? For me, the yoga practice is just that: a practice. We use the individual poses as a doorway to more understanding, more flexibility, more strength. But at the end of the day I want to be able to move freely and expressively in my body. I want to feel like I’m dancing. I want to feel well. I want my students to feel the same way: empowered by their practice so that they can live and move more freely and fully.
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching? My mom introduced me to yoga when I was a young kid. Ever since then, yoga has been something that I’ve come back to again and again. I have always found yoga to be totally fascinating — I could read or talk about it for hours and never get bored. It is rich with history and at the same time completely resonant with our modern lives. While I was working as a fundraising consultant in NYC I discovered ISHTA Yoga (led by Alan Finger). After taking one class there, I knew that I wanted to spend more time learning about yoga than anything else. I enrolled in ISHTA's teacher training a few months later, and eventually quit my stressful fundraising job to pursue teaching.
I did not plan to be teaching Gentle Yoga, but it has been such a gift. Gentle Yoga has taught me to find power and beauty in small, simple actions. In a Gentle class, there’s so much more focus on breath, awareness, and the divine act of self-appreciation. It’s not about ego, or getting to any particular pose or place; instead it’s about feeling and experiencing the place you’re already at. I love that, and I try to keep it alive in all my classes.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity? I am a total wellness geek. I love learning about aromatherapy, Ayurveda, herbal medicine, and other healing modalities. I blend my own skincare and oils, make teas, shop for herbs, and try recipes. Yoga is one part of a whole lifestyle that revolves around connecting to nature and awakening your inner healer. But still, nothing beats a movie night at home with my partner, Emily, and our two rescue pups.
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience? Kaia Yoga has an amazing community of devoted yogis. It is so affirming to see students coming to class with such consistency and dedication. Kaia yogis are committed to their practice; they’re curious, and excited, and open to everything yoga has to offer. As a teacher, this is the greatest gift.