In April of 2003, I took my very first yoga class, and knew after the first hour on my mat, that this would be my home for the rest of my life. I came to my mat, to heal many physical and mental injuries from a lifetime of gymnastics and ballet. This was the first time I experienced myself in my body, with my breath surrounded by healing, non-competitive energy. As I closed the door to a life of competition, strive for perfection, and the need to please others through not taking care of myself, a new door of health, wellness, and spirit opened up. I have trained and practiced with many different teachers who come from all different backgrounds. I am perpetually inspired by teachers all over the world and draw on their knowledge and experience to inspire my own teachings.
I completed my 200-hr teacher training through YogaWorks, with Natasha Rizopolous in 2010, and began teaching 2 weeks later. I have studied in India for 4 months of sustainable living, practicing yoga and deepening my spirituality through independent study and meditation. Once I returned from India, my interest in meditation blossomed, and I have since participated in a couple of silent 7-10 day retreats, meditating on kindness (metta) and mindfulness (vipassana), learning how to bring these two principles in my daily life, on and off of my yoga mat.
In addition to teaching every week, I have recently completed my 300hr Comprehensive Yoga Therapy certification! This program is designed to teach us how to guide people to their highest self through the teachings of classical yoga philosophy, taught in one-on-one sessions, each session unique to each person. I am now offering Yoga Therapy session to those who are interested! For more info, please look at the Yoga Therapy section of my site to read more.
I infuse my classes with aspects of everyone I have been inspired by, including Natasha Rizopolous, Kevin Courtney, Dana Courtney, Georgia Reath and David Vendetti. I owe many thanks and much gratitude to every teacher and every student who has left an impression on my heart. My hope is to simply be one of many vehicles to help guide you to take your yoga, off of your mat, and into the world. Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. (Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.) www.yogatosmile.com