When and how did you start practicing Yoga?
I started practicing yoga when I became sober from alcohol in 2013. I was struggling with tremors, low self-worth and high anxiety, and saw some pictures of yogis on Instagram that made me think “Hey maybe I can do something like that.” I started teaching myself poses based on what I saw, then found a studio across the street that turned out to be an amazing place to learn and grow.
How has it helped you grow as a person?
Yoga gave me a new way to process the raw emotions I was dealing with, a way to grow stronger both physically and spiritually; I was able to get truly honest with myself and start the process of loving myself genuinely. Yoga has been instrumental in keeping me sober and authentic, and that’s what drove me to teaching- I wanted to help guide others just as someone had guided me.
What should students expect from your class?
For me, the Experience is paramount- from the music to the poses to the message, students will notice immediately that every detail has been orchestrated with great consideration, as well as a deep respect for the ancient teachings. They can expect a creatively sequenced class that is physically challenging and spiritually grounding; they can also expect lots of variety, as I never teach the same sequence (or use the same playlist) twice, so come again and again and again. They will always be treated with kindness and handled with genuine care, and their personal expression/creativity will always be encouraged.
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?
I can’t stay away from Powerful Flow! My home practice is very slow and flowy, so I love the Yang energy and intensity Powerful Flow provides. There’s something really amazing about Align and Flow as well; learning the intricacies of each pose is an invaluable tool for my personal and professional growth.
What do you like to do when you’re not doing yoga?
I’m always doing Yoga. The true Yoga for me has always come outside the studio- if a message a teacher gave, or a mantra I focused on in my own practice, comes to me when I’m stuck in traffic- I’ll know that was an awesome class/practice.