My love for yoga stems from a lifelong inclination towards holistic healing. After a misdiagnosed childhood health issue led me to reexamine the relationship between mind, body, and nutrition, I stumbled upon yoga as a way to discover new ways to listen to my body's messages, clear the pathways for it to heal itself at the root of the issue, and ultimately feel at peace in my skin.
As a child, my parents encouraged active interoception, aka a conscious exploration of the subconscious - like dreams, meditation, and awareness of emotional, physical, and subtle/somatic body activities.
Later on in college studying English, Psychology, and Music at Northeastern University, this developed into an interest in yoga and bodywork as a means to boost creativity and relieve stress. I received Levels I and II Reiki certifications in Boston, MA, under Master Reiki Teacher Cynthia Piltch, Ph.D, and found ways to integrate aspects of energy healing into my career, which included teaching high school English and tutoring teens with learning-based language disabilities in Manhattan, and then running a nonprofit youth development music program for teens in Methuen and Lawrence, MA. Seeing the benefits of mindfulness in our schools and government funded systems, I eventually travelled to Nosara, Costa Rica, to complete my 200hr YTT at the Nosara Yoga Institute under Don and Amba Stapleton.
Since then, I've studied under Don and Amba Stapleton at the renowned Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica,
Seane Corn of "Off the Mat, Into the World" at Kripalu, and
Firefly Yoga International, having completed training in trauma-informed yoga in Napa, California.
Now, my background in holistic bodywork, education and social outreach, and creative arts therapy, lends itself to a dynamic, Vinyasa-based yoga practice for resilience and relaxation. In class, with plenty of offerings for modifications, I'll encourage you to practice supported strength-building and awareness, in accordance with your body's signals, compassionate listening, and a sense of humor to honor your own unique practice.
In working with you, I'll hold safe, inclusive space for you to meet your body where it's at, and help you reconnect with your own tools for healing. There are no prerequisites required in working with me. Yoga is merely listening, and we’ll take it from there.
That's my story ... I look forward to hearing yours!