“Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved.”
The Yoga Journey
My yoga journey began in 2001, as a college student, when I walked into my first yoga class in a New York City studio. What started as a way to cope with the stresses of 9/11 has led me on a 20 year journey of self discovery, acceptance and the search for both internal and external balance. After spending a decade coping with a stressful and unfulfilling career in the NY Fashion and Retail industry combined with a broken off engagement, I began to ask myself, "Is this it?"
The answer came through a thunderous internal loudspeaker belting out a resounding NO!! The decision to set out in pursuit of my true passions and delving deep into the realm of courage, spirituality, healing, energy and love came easily.
In 2012 I left for the world and have been traveling to far far away and exciting places, meeting amazing people, enjoying fantastic foods and sharing my experiences. All the while hopefully inspiring along the way those who are asking themselves the very question I did, "Is this it?"
Having practiced varying styles over the years, I found my love for traditional Hatha Yoga, in particular the Sivananda Lineage. Through my practice and amazing teachers that encouraged me to start apprenticing and assiting, I realized the importance and impact of a consistent embodied Yoga practice. In experiencing an intense desire to share the benefits with others I undertook in 2013 my Yoga Teacher Training in the north of India under the guidance of Yogi Ram at the Arhanta Yoga Ashram in the Sivananda lineage.
After a few years of teaching and reflecting on the experiences had within that timeframe, combined with my therapeutic work in massage, I realized therapeutic Yoga was the path I'd been steered to. In June 2019 I completed my 300hr Restorative Yoga with Therapeutic Practices Yoga Teacher Training in Dharamsala, India under the guidance of Amit Raina and Lina Ma, senior Iyengar Yoga teachers at the Kashmir Shaivism School of Yoga. Based on my love and curiosity of Yoga philosophy, Kashmir Shaivism was a branch I was intent on studying and as one of the few lineage holders, Amit Raina's humbled teachings opened my heart to the philosophy.
I am also qualified to teach Yin Yoga and Yang Yoga by Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark. I have further training in teaching Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama and guided Meditation and irest Yoga Nidra. I am an E-500Hr registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance US and a registered Senior Level teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. Combined to date, I have over 2500hrs training and over 8000hrs teaching.
I run small group Yoga Teacher Trainings in Yin/Meditation and Restorative/Meditation as well as workshops in Yoga Asana Hands on Assists and Asana Insight labs. My heartfelt path is to help yoga teachers become better "Y"oga Guides.
Infused in my teachings are always the importance of self awareness, connection to proprioception and interoception and the importance of mindfulness and meditation practices. This is the root of Yoga.
I humbly express deep thanks to all the amazing teachers I've had the privilege to encounter along my journey and with immense gratitude to those that have left lasting impressions on my practice and teaching. I whole heartedly recommend to those seeking deeper knowledge...Carrie Owerko, Leslie Kaminoff, Judith Hanson Lasater, Sarah Powers, Bernie Clark, Patrick Beach and Carling Harps, Norman Blair, Emma Henry, and Elena Brower.
I must also express a special gratitude for my teachers Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach and Solwazi Johnson my mentor as part of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and my mentor group peers who teach me heartfelt lessons every single time we meet, and to Konda Mason and her co-teachers on the MMTCP Diversity Equity Inclusion and Accessibility training and to Sebene Selassie who's wisdom and kindness has had a particularly powerful impact on me along this path, please read her book, You Belong
The Thai Massage Link
The first time I'd heard of Thai Massage, it was described as "passive yoga" by a fellow yogi. After a few chance encounters with the term, curiosity led me to take an introductory course at The Lotus Palm School of Thai Massage in Montreal, Canada. That was in 2011, a year before life would drastically change for the better. After a few years of practicing, I decided it was time to further challenge and grown my knowledge of the healing art I'd come to love and cherish. The time had come to share and teach. I had found my passion and knew I would have to continue my studies and that they would take me across the globe if I wanted to teach with authenticity. I was determined to absorb as much as I could, to immerse myself and learn at the source. After living in Chiang Mai, the Thai Massage mecca of Thailand, and completing an intensive Thai government certified Teacher Training Course at TMC Massage School I received my teaching diploma and the blessings of my teachers to spread the love and teachings of what is officially called Nuad Boran or Ancient Massage.
As an affiliate teacher to TMC Chiang Mai and a registered member of Thai Healing Alliance International THAI. I am deeply committed to sharing and teaching this ancient art of healing bodywork as it is practiced in Thailand.
I wholeheartedly believe learning the practice of Thai Massage is indespensible to yoga teachers as it builds confidence and awarness of touch, movement and breath. It also opens doors to travel and additional income making self employed yoga teachers lifestyles a bit more sustainable.
I commit to annual pilgrimages to Thailand, immersing myself and continuing my studies with my various teachers, learning new techniques to incorporate into my bodywork treatments and deepening my understandings of mind, body, spirit and the depths of Thai healing.
I humbly express a deep thanks to my teachers, Ajarn Pichest Boonthume, Ajarn Joe Khumlee, Ajarn Sinchai, David Lutt - Lulyani, the late Kam Thye Chow - Lotus Palm and the gifted teachers at TMC, The Sunshine School and Sabai De Ka for their kind, patient and compassionate teachings.
who dares to teach,
The learning never ends...
In addition I hold a deep interest in the effects that stress, diet and nutrition have on the mind and body. I have trained as a, Level 5 Detox Specialist, Raw Food Diet Advisor, Diet and Nutrition Advisor, Mind Body Fitness Coach, NASM Core Conditioning Coach and in NKT Neuro Kinetic Therapy - David Weinstock. I have spent time participating in Cadavar Labs studying human anatomy and am presently completing a 3oohr year long training in Mind Body Therapy with Embodied Philosophy and an 500hr Advanced Yogic Studies with Yogic Studies.
I am also a qualified FRC Mobility Specialist through Dr. Andreo Spina's Function Anatomy Seminars and FMS analyst through Gray Cook's Functional Movement.
I'm fascinated with the mind body connection and the brain's ability for neuroplasticity. I'm passionate about the fusion of modern and ancient means of movement with Eastern Philosophy, both Yogic and Buddhist. I began my Buddhist and meditation practices more than 20 years ago and am a devout Vipassana meditator. My teaching is also heavily influenced by Somatic Movement, the Feldenkrais Method and functional movement/mobility training.
I also find myself back at university 20 years after receiving my first undergrad pursuing a second in Philosophy and Religious Studies which feels like coming home and a beautiful addition to the tapestry of wisdom practices I've been weaving over the years. It's coming along quite nicely!
Many thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about me. I hope to practice and learn together soon.
Yours in Metta,