I grew up in a small town in NJ and trained as a dancer for 20 years of my life. I was first introduced to yoga in college but did not connect to the practice at first. After college I toured the country with various musicals for several years, and after three bus and truck tours you could say my body was pretty broken down. During my touring years I felt drawn to the practice and enjoyed visiting different yoga studios around the country. Shortly after moving to LA in 1998, I started practicing more frequently and clearly remember leaving a yoga class and walking down Ventura Blvd feeling happy - so happy that I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. That was the moment my heart really opened to yoga, and I’ve been hooked on learning about it every since.
Yoga has always been there to put me back together both physically and emotionally, and has made me a kinder more compassionate person. It’s been a guiding force in my life and I continue to lean on the practice for steadiness, patience and healing. I believe that with the correct practice and mindset we have the power to heal ourselves, to be free from our suffering and to find relief from the physical and emotional pains we carry with us. Yoga not only healed my back injuries from a car accident and many years of dance, but it gave me a more conscious path to follow. My intention is to pass all that goodness onto my students by infusing my classes with breath work, correct alignment, acceptance and gratitude. My hope is that my students feel a sense of contentment when they leave my class and that they walk down the street to their car with a smile on their face that they can’t wipe off. Namaste.
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