What in your practice inspires you to teach? For me, yoga is all about building relationships. First we work on developing a deeper understanding and connection with ourselves so that we can be more accepting, available, receptive, and compassionate with others. This lends itself to deeper and more meaningful relationships--with ourselves and others. It's a win-win!
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching? I took my first yoga class when I was 12 years old--and promptly got kicked out for laughing uncontrollably when the teacher suggested that "we feel the honey golden light in our genitals." Eeewww. All these years later, this "honey golden" moment has served as a reminder to always keep it real when I am teaching. This means, being as authentic and real as possible. At the end of the day, it will not matter if you mastered that pose. What matters is that you are your truest, most authentic version of yourself! And for me, a huge part of the journey has been learning to show up as I am...Warts and all. Hopefully, this comes across in my teaching and offers some comfort to students who are newer to the practice.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity? Do I have to pick just one? I love going to concerts, biking, kayaking, cooking, hiking. (This is starting to sound like a personal ad!) And while I may not be an expert in any of these activities, yoga has offered me a solid foundation from which to grow and branch out and try new things without the fear of making mistakes. Yoga always offers the gentle reminder that mistakes and missteps are opportunities from which to learn.
How would you describe your teaching? I teach slow, steady and strong vinyasa classes that are sequenced to counter the fast and frenzied pace of life. Slow and steady wins the race. But slow and steady doesn't have to me boring and lame! My classes combine my playful sense of humor, stellar soundtracks, and laid back approach with years of experience as both a teacher and student to make the whole experience feel like... a celebration!
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience? For me kaia yoga has always been about the community and relationships. I have been teaching at Kaia Yoga since before it was Kaia Yoga! So I have known some of our students for over 10 years. Having taught primarily in Greenwich all of these years, it feels like my second home. And at the end of the day, it doesn't get better than that.