Like most people, I started yoga as a way to stay fit and active. Growing up as a competitive dancer, I’ve always had issues with judgement so working out in public was not something that I wanted to do.
After learning about yoga, it seemed less judgmental and more beneficial to the mind and body than traditional fitness regimens. It was after my third class that I realized yoga was what I wanted to do with my life. After researching how I could learn more, I landed my first 200 hour teacher training in Costa Rica in May of 2011. It was a great experience but I still felt a void in knowledge and took another 200 hour training through Gaitri yoga in August of 2013.
As my practice deepened, I really started to take notice of the energetic and emotional benefits yoga offered. It was because of this, I took myself out of my Vinyasa comfort zone and took a 50 hour Yin training with Joe Barnett. Dedicating much of my practice to the physical styles of yoga, I never really appreciated the softer and slower styles until after that training. In retrospect though, it did help not only improve and deepen my own personal practice, but greatly strengthen the practice and knowledge I could pass on to my students.
The thing I love most about yoga is that there is no plateau. Both the philosophy and practice are constantly evolving. Yoga helps strengthen our own personal relationships and I can’t wait to grow alongside all of you.