"The Most Powerful Relationship You Will Ever Have Is The Relationship With Yourself."

- Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

I had to experience the ending of my marriage to truly honor the most powerful relationship I now have--the relationship with myself. During that difficult time, I realized I had been living a life of fear and anxiety: choosing to stay in that unhappy marriage, conforming to other’s expectations of me, comparing myself to others, engaging in self-criticism, holding on to anger, investing in limiting beliefs, worrying about the future, over-spending, over-functioning…can you relate to any of these?

Honoring myself required seeing these personal challenges as helpful observation rather than judgment (that self-critic can be convincing!), and choosing to love myself by making intentional changes in the thoughts and actions that were actually hurtful to me.

The path of yoga was key to my journey of healing and transformation—a journey that continues with every new day.

I have practiced yoga for 15 years and am honored to now share this practice as a yoga teacher. Whether in a vinyasa-based class or private session, I create an atmosphere of a journey guiding students toward self-awareness. I emphasize the spiritual aspects of yoga along with the physical, weaving in yogic philosophy. I am a child-at-heart and love to laugh, so I include an element of play whenever possible! With a background as a professional singer and performer, I also enjoy incorporating kirtan and a wide-range of music into my teachings.   

I am grateful for my teachers (see Credentials below) who have helped me along my journey to become a 500-hr registered yoga teacher and registered prenatal yoga teacher. Through these teachers my lineage includes the teachings of Krishnamacharya, the Bihar School of Yoga and Jivamukti. I would be remiss if I did not also mention my dear teacher, Swami Maheshananda Saraswati, for the opportunity to study with him in India and his consistent encouragement.

I have had the opportunity to teach in medical settings in the past four years (chiropractic and OB/GYN), helping to bridge the gap between western allopathic medicine and eastern healing practices. I also serve a corporate population being in the Metro New York area, so helping students manage stress is also a big focus of my work.  This experience—combined with the lessons learned from significant challenges with my own spine—led me to create the workshop series, Love Has Your Back: Healing Our Backs, Loving Ourselves.  In this informative and heart-centered program, I address not only the physical issues that result from spinal discomfort and injury, but also the more subtle psycho-emotional concerns that can actually lead us to act in ways that cause us dis-ease and harm.

Ultimately, yoga changed my life—and that is what I offer my students through the intentional and appropriate use of the tools of yoga: TRANSFORMATION.

 

Credentials:

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 and PRYT

  • Integrative Yoga Therapy 300-hr (Joseph and Lillian LePage, Beth Gibbs)
  • Shiva Shanti School of Yoga  200-hr (Felise Berman)
  • BabyMoon Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification (Carrie Parker)
  • Functional Yoga Therapy (Maria Mendola)
  • Yoga Ed. K-8 Instructor Certification (Julie Sorichetti)