What are your goals as a teacher?
My main goal as a teacher is to provide yoga as an accessible means to movement and self-knowledge for as many people as possible. I also seek to offer an inclusive practice for all bodies, and to demystify yoga so that anyone who is willing and interested can participate.
Who/what inspired you to teach yoga?
My journey with anxiety and panic attacks were greatly helped with yoga. I have also dealt with knee issues and continue to find freedom, ease, and strength through my yoga practice.
What keeps you practicing?
The way it feels in my body.
The opportunity to have fun and be creative with my body!
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
Oh, all the other things I already am… massage therapist, personal trainer, assistant to a florist, probably doing other activities with my hands! I love synthesizing my skills with my service The Body Hotline, and figure I’d be working with people and their bodies no matter what.
Tell us something most people do not know about you.
I am a dancer and newly minted cymbal player in radical marching band The Rude Mechanical Orchestra!
What advice would you give someone just beginning yoga?
Persevere! If you don’t like what the teacher is saying, go to a different class. Keep trying till you find someone with a style that resonates for you.
What does organic mean to you?
To me, “organic” means that the negative environmental impact of the production process has been minimized, and so the organic clothes that I wear, and textiles that I use, have a more positive impact on the land, the growers, and eventually me. It also means supporting for organic farmers, preserving clean drinking water for farm neighbors, and healthier products for consumers across the board.
How has yoga changed your life?
Yoga helped me to manage my anxiety. Over a decade ago, I began having panic attacks and attending slow, flowing yoga classes (at the same studio where I met AK!) helped me to get to know and work with my overwhelming anxiety.
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
I am a cyclist and commute around Brooklyn, NY to my various jobs. I love that my work keeps me active because at the end of the day, I’m tired but happy. I’m an omnivore with a focus on vegetables, and local, sustainable food resources, and I love to cook and eat. I also love to sleep! Last year I made it to a point of focusing on work-life balance and I’m really enjoying not overworking, which is easy to default into as a freelancer.