By practicing and teaching I have found a home, a sense of community and an open heart.
Growing up, we moved a lot because of my father’s work. The experience of living abroad was a gift, but it had a downside—picking up and moving every three years. And while I had friends all around me and was very active—practicing ballet through college and playing other sports—I always felt like a nomad, never completely connected to a community.
My gym offered yoga and I started practicing as a way to break up my weekly workouts. It wasn’t until I came back to yoga later in life though that I realized how welcoming the yoga community is and how the studio is a safe place where you can let it all hang out.
I tend to be very focused and to always strive for success. This approach has helped me in many ways, but only focusing on the end results and not enjoying the journey, has cost me too. I missed some opportunities for growth and I let my pride get in the way of asking for help when things began to slip. I was too busy trying to do everything on my own.
I get it. It can be hard to let go of the control. But the reward is the trust and love that comes from being vulnerable and letting people you care about see all of you.
Yoga has taught me how to have compassion for myself and afforded me the ability to try new things and to handle life. My relationships, both personally and work related, have vastly improved. Instead of shutting down when a discussion now becomes difficult, I listen with real empathy. I set boundaries. I am able to ask for help when I need it.
I teach yoga to help you see the teacher within you and to embrace the wonderful person you already are. I offer a practice that is safe and playful, develops strength and flexibility, and lets you explore all of you.
I am a kid at heart, a student, a listener and a friend. I can’t wait to meet you and look forward to seeing you on the mat.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”- Buddha