“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 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 the events of 9/11 has led me on a 17 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 spirituality, healing, energy and love came easily. In 2012 I left America after 31 years and have been traveling to far far away and exciting places, meeting amazing people and developing meaningful relationships, 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, 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. In addition I also teach Restorative, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama and guided Meditation. I am an E-200Hr registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance US and am an Associate Level 2 registered teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.
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. I whole heartedly recommend to those seeking deeper knowledge...
Leslie Kaminoff for all things body and breath
Sadie Nardini for all things power and soul
Norman Blair for all things present and mindful
Patrick Beach for all things bold and fearless
Sri Dharma Mittra for all things humorous and unspoken
Emma Henry for all things in human touch and fluidity
Jason Crandell for all things logical and grounding
Elena Brower for all things soulful, creative and intuitive
The Thai Massage Connection
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 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 hold a deep interest in Myofascial work and release as well as Osteothai, bodywork combining Osteopathic principles with those of Thai Massage, as well as Dynamic Thai Massage, the creation of consistent rhythmic motion throughout a treatment resulting in deep states of relaxation and release. I humbly express a deep thanks to my teachers the late Kam Thye Chow, David Lutt, Ajarn Pichest Boonthume, Ajarn Joe Khumlee, Ajarn Sinchai and the gifted teachers at TMC, The Sunshine School and Sabai De Ka for their gifts of teaching.
who dares to teach must never cease to learn
The learning never ends...
In addition to my love and respect for the practice of Yoga and Thai Massage, I also hold a deep interest in the effects that stress, diet and nutrition have on the mind and body. I hold the following qualifications as a:
Level 5 Detox Specialist
Raw Food Advisor
Diet and Nutrition Advisor
Mind Body Fitness Coach
NESTA Personal Fitness Chef