What are your goals as a teacher?
Life is hard. Sometimes we forget who we are and why we are here. The world can do that to you. My hope as a teacher is to inspire feelings and hold space for folks to connect to their strength, peace and joy- with a side serving of humor!
Who/what inspired you to teach yoga?
I come from a long line of school teachers. In my immediate family -- my mom, grandma, two aunts, one uncle -- all teachers. It's apparently what we do! My mom always told me I would become a teacher. I wanted no part of that legacy at the time. I'm cool with it now.
After quitting my job in the music biz and moving to California, I had a wide open space in terms of how I get to create the next chapter of my life. After practicing yoga for almost a decade, I signed up for a teacher training. My first night of teacher training- I knew. This is why I'm here. I was meant to teach- just not at a desk with a chalkboard. I love to move bodies and touch sweaty feet! Remember adjustments!? ahhhh
What keeps you practicing?
This love affair with yoga, we're almost 20 years in. It has seen me through my whole adult life- break ups, moves, marriage, my pregnancy and the birth of my daughter, opening businesses, closing businesses, death- all of it! This practice has been with me through so much. Unrolling my mat and then sitting my butt down in stillness...It's surest path I can take to get back to some inner peace, even when the waves of life are rocky. A steady, consistent practice gives me the ability to slow down enough to still the waters. Sometimes we forget we're the ocean.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
I already have so many other jobs!! I'm not just a yoga teacher. Owning the studios (and all that comes with it), leading teacher training, managing teachers, connecting communities- I am living my best life doing my dream jobs. If I won the lotto tomorrow, I'd still teach a free yoga class to celebrate!
Tell us something most people do not know about you.
I can parallel park like a champ!
What advice would you give someone just beginning yoga?
Awesome! Sweet! Congrats! You are giving yourself the best gift!
What does organic mean to you?
Natural, Clean, Pure, No BS.
How has yoga changed your life?
I found yoga as a way to help with the migraines I was getting from my first big entertainment pr job. I was so stressed out and none of my usual self care rituals were working. My friend suggested I try yoga. I immediately told her-"I'm from Brooklyn- I don't OM." She directed me to Bikram studio- she assured me class would be very much like NYC summers- hot, sweaty and a little nasty. How could I go wrong? So I went and Boom- the love affair began. I didn't understand what was happening but I knew I felt better. The migraines stopped. I kept going. I cried like a baby one day in camel. I kept going. Yoga helps me to feel my feelings in my body and release whatever I need so I can keep going.
For the record- I OM like a mofo these days, I've got little harmonium and those sounds are soo sweet and healing to me! So now I'd say, I'm still Brooklyn, with a little Bhakti!
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
Playing with my daughter, lots of water, love, laughter and a great therapist!