200hr E-RYT, Yin Yoga
Studio Manager, CorePower Yoga
Tell us about yourself, your story, where you are from, practice, etc.
I got into yoga when I was performing in a show in Arizona and I was the youngest person in the cast by 20 years. After rehearsal they would go home to their families, and since I was from out of town I didn't have anywhere to go so I found a yoga studio. I realized how much the practice was impacting my life off the mat and knew when I returned to NYC that I needed to be more consistent and diligent in my practice. Which led to me becoming a studio manager, teacher, and teacher training facilitator.
How and why did you start yoga?
It started out of convenience and continued because I felt the changes of myself becoming more patient, thoughtful, and strong off of my mat as well as on my mat.
Who was your great mentor/teacher?
Masako Miyakawa and Julianna Mitchell taught me endless wisdom, Joel Klauser continues to facilitate my love for this practice.
Tell us your practice style and how did you choose your yoga method?
Currently I teach Power Vinyasa and Yoga Sculpt at CorePower Yoga, my personal practice this plus yin and restorative, occasionally Kundalini when I need to change it up. Keeping my practice broad keeps me physically and mentally open.
What obstacles has yoga helped you overcome?
Living in NYC, I handle stress better. I listen better, I am more open.
What is your mind set when you step onto the mat?
It changes all the time! I always keep the intention to learn.
When did you understand you wanted to be a yoga teacher?
Pretty early on in my practice, but it’s a brave step for any student. I had a lot of encouragement from the people around me which helped.
What is the most rewarding part of being a yoga teacher?
The students, and the connection you create with them - it's incredible to see their practice evolve.