I started practicing yoga in 2007 and teaching in 2010. I started teaching because I felt a strong calling to share the knowledge that I have learned through my trainings. It was information too good not to share. I also had a huge fear of speaking in public. I found it extremely difficult to even share my name in a group setting. Yoga gave me the tools to find my authentic voice and speak clearly from my heart. This self-study has enabled me to live with less fear and more freedom in all aspects of my life. I love teaching because it is an opportunity to help guide the inner journey and to share my love with others.
I have learned that it is important to learn from someone further along the path (acharya); to have mentors that help me to integrate yoga in life and into the world. My teaching style is rooted from the teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya who taught great teachers, such as Sri Pattabhi Jois of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri B.K. S. Iyengar of Iyengar Yoga, and his son Sri T. K. V. Desikachar of Viniyoga. My classes emphasize the importance of the breath first, and vinyasa (breath flowing with movement). I will challenge you physically, mentally, and beyond, into the more subtle layers of the body to bring awareness, contentment (santosha), clarity, and growth.
I am grateful for the gift of yoga that provides many tools to meet me where I am at any given moment. It allows me to access unconditional self-love, which in turn, allows me to love others more deeply. Robert Birnberg says, “You know the yoga is working if your relationships improve.” These days, my personal practice is allowing my practice to shift according to what I need. Through meditation, I am able to tap into my deeper knowing (intuition) into the Eight Limb Path. Daily practice includes a combination of pranayama (breathing techniques), asana (poses) from the Ashtanga method or variation of, mantra(chanting), kiran (singing) with my harmonium, meditation, and yogic text. My favorite pose is probably Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand) or Karandavasana (Lotus forearm stand) because it requires my unwavering focus to sustain balance and when balanced, a sense of lightness and freedom.
When I am not doing yoga, you can find me with my silly family; husband, 3 daughters and 3 very furry kitty boys. I also love being outside in nature connecting with all things. The beauty of interconnection is to see yourself in all things and all things in yourself. Namaste.