I started taking classes regularly in my early teens. Growing up in Los Angeles wasn’t easy, but I was fortunate to live only miles from the very first YogaWorks studio in Santa Monica. Life at home was chaotic and unpredictable, but yoga classes provided a place of structure, safety and support. I loved the unique combination of discipline and freedom, of self-inquiry and community, of physical challenge and spiritual insight. At YogaWorks I was able to practice regularly with amazing teachers like Maty Ezraty, Lisa Walford, and Erich Schiffman. It provided a calm alternative to a turbulent home life.
I lost touch with my practice for four difficult years while I attended Brown University. I struggled with depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder, as I changed majors from pre-med, to education, to psychology. After graduating, I felt lost and directionless and ended up back in L.A. where my mom encouraged me to go back to yoga. The YogaWorks community welcomed me back with open arms, and my commitment to my practice was stronger than ever.
The seemingly disparate pieces of my life started coming together. I took teacher trainings just to learn more about yoga, and soon started teaching just for fun. I even met my husband at a gym where I first taught. As I began teaching more and more, I realized that my studies at Brown, as well as my own personal struggles, all contributed to my skills as a yoga teacher.
Now, nearly twenty years later, having taught countless classes, privates, workshops and teacher trainings, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I truly love practicing yoga and helping others practice yoga. I consider myself first and foremost a student, of yoga and of life. I’m still learning, and sometimes still struggling, and often it is while teaching even more than while practicing that I feel most grounded and clear.
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