When and how did you start practicing yoga?
I began doing yoga poses for fitness and stress relief nearly 15 years ago, but I did not really start practicing yoga until I entered Greg LaBarbera’s class at Be Yoga in 2015. He introduced me to the concept of yoga on and off the mat, and it changed my world completely. Greg inspired me to enroll in his 200 hour teacher training in 2016 where I began to explore the various different styles of yoga, learning more and more about myself along the way.
How has it helped you grow as a person?
I can’t think of an area of my life that has not experienced tremendous growth due to yoga! As soon as I understood that yoga is not just a physical activity but a spiritual practice (and only one piece of an eight limb path!), I began to engage with my own life very differently and more mindfully. Yoga and meditation together help me enjoy more this beautiful journey of life, even on my not so great days.
What should students expect from your class?
In my classes I hold a safe space for my students to do whatever work their mind, body, or spirit is calling them to do. Regardless of what style I teach, I include a short meditation because I believe taking a break to be still and center, even for only 2 minutes, is so important for all of us.
Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?
I love the versatility of yoga. Sometimes my body wants to rock it out in a powerful flow, and sometimes I need to sit in stillness and just be in Yin or Deep Stretch. My general go-to class, however, is slow flow, which is such a graceful, loving practice.
What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?
I am Mom of two beautiful, crazy-fun young boys who light up my life and keep me steady, and I spend as much time with them and my husband as I can. I am also the owner and founder of The Hippy Dippy Soap Co. where I make cold-process soaps and experiment with essential oils. My pleasure time includes reading books, baking breads and sweets, drinking tea, and spending quality time with my five cats.