What in your practice inspires you to teach? I think that in order to be a successful teacher, you have to be willing to continue your own exploration as a student. In my practice, I am perpetually inspired by the lifelong journey that yoga offers, and I am continually humbled by how much I have yet to learn. But I believe that if I can share my own learning experiences to provide insight or knowledge to my students, it moves us both forward on the yogic path.
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching? I first encountered yoga as a teenager through my dance studio. I have always felt exhilarated and liberated by movement of all kinds. For me, yoga offered a similar experience. I think my yoga classes reflect my dance background in the way they are “choreographed.” Weaving sequences in tandem with a playlist to build the class to a peak, and then let it slowly wind down.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity? My favorite activity outside of yoga is learning and teaching art. Initially, I didn’t think that art appreciation had anything in common with yoga. But over the years, I have realized that in order to find acceptance and even admiration for complicated or challenging works of art, you have to be really present with it, let it wash over you, let it speak to you. This is the same relationship we cultivate with ourselves in yoga.
How would you describe your teaching? I would describe my teaching as multi-layered. If you come to yoga class to get in touch with the physical body, you will have the plenty to investigate in my class. But if you want to take your practice to a deeper place, with a more emotional or spiritual focus, my class will offer you that opportunity as well.
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience? I think the community at Kaia Yoga is unique. I feel a genuine bond with all of the teachers and staff members, like we are a big family. In turn, when students enter the studio, they can feel the collective energy and know that they are invited to become a part of something positive.