“I spent my teens and twenties mired in self-destructive behavior, and yoga played such a huge role in my recovery that that I decided to make it my vocation and study to become a teacher in yoga’s birthplace.
In 2008 I attended the 200-hour teacher training program at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, a small ashram in the mountains of Maharashtra. After that, I completed their 200-hour Advanced Yoga program and continued living and traveling in India for six months, most notably at the Osho Meditation Retreat in Pune.
Between 2009 and 2012, I lived and worked in Delray Beach, Florida. Due to the high volume of addiction treatment centers in the area, there was ample opportunity to work with individuals in recovery and begin to design mindfulness-based classes intended to help students interrupt self-defeating patterns of thought and behavior.
Florida was also where I began to find balance between the traditionalist approach of my training and the desires of Western yogis who craved more movement and were motivated primarily by physical, not spiritual goals. Students demanded a challenge, and I taught Power Yoga, beginning to see the value of sweat. I became committed to the idea that students could have the best of both worlds: a satisfying physical workout AND a transformational mental/spiritual practice. I found that I could easily modify and adapt sequences based on the setting or the desires of students.
In 2012, I moved to Central New York, where I got married and continued to teach. I was given the opportunity to fill regular teaching positions in a variety of settings, including the YMCAs of Skaneateles and Auburn, Mirbeau Inn and Spa, Sangha at Gazella Studio, Sky Yoga and Wellness, and Well-Balanced Studio. CNY is where I grew the most as a teacher, learning how to hold space for students, create consistently great yoga experiences, and to intuit the needs of a class simply by observing the room and opening myself to the people in it.
In 2014, I hosted fee-based meditation workshops at the Skaneateles YMCA in an effort to help active yoga practitioners incorporate conscious relaxation into their wellness repertoire. I also began to offer freelance teaching services at special events, including cycling races, women’s retreats, and weddings. I became a monthly columnist at the Citizen Newspaper in Auburn, writing articles about yoga, mindfulness, and spiritual growth.
Meanwhile, to maintain a beginner’s mind and expand my offerings, I attended yearly CE workshops at the Kripalu Center in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. I had the opportunity to study under Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, Stephen Cope, Howard C. Cutler, Sadie Nardini, and Aruni Futuronsky. In 2015, I celebrated my first pregnancy and became a certified Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher.
That same year, I was asked to become an adjunct professor in the PE department at Onondaga Community College, and I crafted a balanced curriculum that included not only physical postures but the history of yoga, pranayama, the yamas and niyamas, bandhas, chakras, Ayurveda, and other components of yoga not typically explored in studio and gym environments.
My teaching style is characterized by humility and authenticity. Having studied such a variety of styles, I stay away from rigid focus on arbitrary pose details that vary from tradition to tradition. Instead, I cue for safe alignment, muscle engagement, and satisfying sensual stretch. I believe in making yoga accessible, and I approach the practice with a down-to-earth attitude rather than one of superiority, pop spirituality, or senseless buffet-style Indian culture appropriation.
I moved to Greenville, SC in August of 2016. This is where I would like to raise my son and continue what has so far been a fulfilling career in yoga. I’m looking forward to sharing my practice with Greenvillians and continuing to grow, both as a teacher and as a human being.”