I have been a student of yoga circa 2004. My 200-hr teacher training was completed with Jacqui Bonwell in 2011 and in June 2015, I completed an advanced 500-hr training with Ame Wren and Kevin Courtney through Boston Yoga School. I continue to study yoga regularly with many gifted mentors along the Northeast Coast aiming to blend the best of the Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Ashtanga and Iyengar systems into an eclectic flow practice. I am known to deliver a strong, balanced and accessible approach to the yoga practice enriched with specific but supportive functional alignment. My mission is to encourage students towards developing a sustainable practice that enables good posture, perspective, insight and well-being.
A little more about me:
How did I find my way into yoga?
I clearly remember when I started practicing regularly enough that yoga really started to mean something to me. It was after I had spent my last college semester studying and working abroad and had continued on with further work and traveling abroad following my graduation that I returned home to Maine to ground myself but felt lost. I grew up as a competitive gymnast so yoga was what I had been yearning for for years and fortunately, was love at first encounter. At the time, I was practicing yoga in friends’ basements in front of yoga DVD’s and was immediately drawn to both Vinyasa, and Iyengar classes (eventually Kundalini too) at yoga studios. While trying to determine what direction I would take in my life and achieve all that I thought I was supposed to attain after college, yoga was giving me the tools to see more clearly, be patient and accepting of the unknown, and was providing a tremendous amount of stress relief.
What is my practice like off the mat? And how do I live my yoga?
For me, it’s difficult to distinguish much difference between my practice on and off the mat. The way I live my yoga is an example of Richard Freeman’s first words in his book The Mirror of Yoga, which states “Yoga begins with listening.” Yoga has taught me how to engage in life’s daily tasks with more awareness, meaning and purpose.
I have a daily asana practice that's strong and flows and is eclectic in nature, and I am continuously working on cultivating a daily (usually short) seated meditation practice. Yoga as an educational experience has always been something very enticing to me, and inspires me as a teacher, so I live my yoga by remaining a devoted student so I can forever be immersed in my own self study. I teach so that I can serve as a bridge between all that I learn and discover from my gifted mentors and my own physical body and practice to this wonderful community of practitioners. By tuning in and aiming to live by the endless amount of teachings the practice has to offer, yoga expands my consciousness from everything to what I choose to eat, to the people I surround myself with, to remembering what is of essence, and the importance of love , gratitude and forgiveness.
Which pose is my asana nemesis?
I honestly can say I do not have one specific nemesis pose! I love the distraction from daily life that a good challenge provides. From a student perspective, I loathe any pose where I don’t have ample time to at least take one steady, clear breath.