In my work, physically challenging asana kindles the fire of transformation and focuses strong attention into meditation. Storytelling, metaphorical language, and precisely directed options for alignment teach the tale of our becoming more human.
My teaching is an approach to practice and is not style focused. My classes and other offerings prioritize attention to breath and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution. My greatest commitment is to living the practice of yoga in the world, and to teach others to do the same.
I created The New School of Yogic Arts to provide quality yoga education that emphasizes the intersection of tradition and innovation.
The New School of Yogic Arts aims to teach students to draw from the broad collective wisdom of the vast ocean of yoga in a way that is uniquely theirs.
NSYA is running our 8th and 9th 200 hour trainings this year, and has graduated over 130 students.
My commitment to practice is of utmost importance to me; I have well over 500 hours of training and I am currently in Ayurveda school with Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svoboda. In addition to teaching weekly classes, I also lead sever domestic and international retreats per year, and will lead my 20th retreat this summer.
I’ve had the unique pleasure of studying with some of the foremost minds in the field, whose guidance and teaching have been invaluable. My teachers have paved my path, and I am forever grateful to them and to the teachers of the teachers.
My Teachers and Greatest Influences
I completed my 500 hour training with Sarahjoy Marsh, which concentrated on yoga therapeutic concepts at the intersection of tradition and science, emphasizing neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, adaptive yoga, and yoga psychology.
I trained with Ana Forrest directly and hold a 200-hour and advanced certification in Forrest Yoga. I spent a year in mentorship with Forrest Yoga Guardian Dr. Heidi Sormaz. I credit Ana and Forrest Yoga with helping me hone my courage and truly learn to teach.
Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication “begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture.” Through learning to communicate this way, we learn to see ourselves and others as worthy of respect and love. Right speech allows us to live our practice in relationship to others.
T.K.V. Desikachar and I lived on the earth at the same time, but I never knew him. He has taught my teachers and their teachers, and I can feel his influence beyond space and time. I continue to study directly from his writing and from those who were his students.
The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita offers a blueprint for living yoga in the world. This is a significant text in the realm of applied yoga philosophy. Many influential thought leaders and wise teachers have lived by the Bhagavad Gita, and have followed its timeless wisdom for being a householder-yogi and doing one’s dharma.
The University of the Arts
I hold a BFA from The University of the Arts, where I honed my own use of story and song, which, since ancient times, have served as instruments of connection and community. Through studying theatre I learned about humanity, through studying voice I learned about