What in your practice inspires you to teach? My yoga practice is really the process of pulling myself together. It’s a daily check-in to help me remember that I’m already complete. We don’t have go anywhere in order to become whole or fulfilled, we just have to learn how to see through the smog of the belief patterns we’ve developed. How could you not want other people to know and experience wholeness?
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching. Growing up, I spent a lot of time disconnected from my feelings and ignoring my intuition because it all seemed messy. Then, I studied classical music in college and had an incredible voice teacher who knew I needed to be energetically cracked open. She was really my first guru. Later, I stumbled upon a tantric yoga school: ISHTA Yoga, founded by Alan Finger. Tantra teaches us that we’re inherently connected to everyone and everything because we are everything. Alan uses a great metaphor: Imagine an infinite ocean, and imagine taking a drop of water out of that ocean. That drop has a name, a shape, and characteristics that identify it, but the moment that drop merges back into the ocean, it’s all ocean again. We’re the same way. We’ve got names and faces and feelings today, but none of it is permanent. The permanent part of us is beyond containment and description.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga, and how does yoga help this activity? I’m gardening a lot at the moment. I’ve got a little backyard vegetable patch, and the radishes have just sprouted. To me, each seed is a microcosm of the whole universe — a miniature Big Bang waiting to happen — pure, amazing potential. Plus, we get food as a result of all that magic!
How would you describe your teaching? We each have our own unique constitutions, skeletons, belief structures, medical histories...everything! With all of these differences, it makes sense that a singular prescription for a yoga practice doesn’t exist. So, I’m big on helping people tune into themselves, because it’s that self-investigation that leads to balance. I teach vinyasa, gentle, restorative and meditation classes at Kaia, and the common denominator throughout is learning to let the breath guide the practice. Our breath is an innately intelligent bridge that connects the physical to the energetic.
What makes teaching at Kaia Yoga a unique experience? When I moved to CT from NYC a few years ago, I was so thankful to be lead to Kaia. The dedication, curiosity and “showing up” from my students always makes me smile and realize that I’m in the right place.