Gentle & powerful...
delivering a balletic flow.
How did you end up in yoga?
My ballet teacher in high school suggested that yoga would help me with my dancing. I thought to myself, “I’m already pretty fit, so I don’t need to take some slow beginner class.” I decided to take the most advanced class on the schedule at the studio I visited, and was dripping with sweat after just a few minutes. The teacher kept correcting my pointed toes and turned out legs, and although at first I felt annoyed at being told to lower my leg in 3-legged dog, I was fascinated by dance-like practice that was yet totally different from dance. I started to realize I could hold my balance during dance class for so much longer, and initially that was enough to keep me coming back!
Why do you practice?
I have always found movement to be my medium for my soul’s expression. Growing up, dancing and running became like movement meditations for me. Once I found yoga, I knew that this would be the practice that would truly help me dive deeper, discovering and connecting to a sense of a higher self.
(Life+) How does yoga change you off the mat?
I have a tendency to be impulsive. When I get excited, I speak and act quickly. Yoga helps me to be more patient and to consider and choose my words and actions more carefully.
What is your style?
I often think of yoga sequencing as choreography. I craft creative sequences that are both elegant and challenging. My classes are typically founded on a contemplation (such as cultivating self-trust or learning to reside in an abiding sense of joy). I string together movement that will help you to forget your daily to-do lists and lean into the contemplations I’ve offered for class.
Where are you when you’re not teaching?
Nine times out of ten if I’m not in the yoga studio I’m in the dance studio. (It’s near impossible to keep me still). I also enjoy cuddling with my cat, reading (lately, about health and spirituality), singing karaoke with friends, and dancing at my boyfriend’s bands’ shows!
What illuminates you?
What illuminates me is the inspiration that comes from witnessing other creatives’ successes. Seeing other people living their dharma nourishes the fire within me. I feel illuminated by learning about and engaging with movement, energy, music, and the mysterious world that welive in, by traveling to new places and meeting diverse peoples, and by spending time with loved ones.