What in your practice inspires you to teach? A wise person once said that happiness is an inside job. My time on my mat allows me to access that internal part of me that remains in equanimity and joyful regardless of whatever else is occurring in my life off the mat. It is this sense of uppekha that inspires my practice and what I hope to share with my students.
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching? I reluctantly took my first yoga class on a dare from a friend. Frankly, I wasn't into that "breathy-stretchy-new age" stuff and preferred the efficiency of a run. But after my third backbend when I found myself in tears (not from pain but from a cathartic release!), I fell in love with the deep "work-in" asana provided.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity? I enjoy spending time with my family. Yoga helps keep me physically nimble enough to keep up with my energetic elementary school student and mentally balanced enough for the adventures with middle and high schoolers.
How would you describe your teaching? With a strong focus on the core, I teach an energetic and creative flow peppered with yogic philosophy, some pop culture references, music and positivity. I enjoy encouraging students to modify their practices in ways that best serve their bodies and breath at that particular moment.
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience? Kaia is a mindfulness community. I admire the variety of classes, offerings, and holistic methods available at the four unique, vibrant studios. I find the students to be smart, engaged and constant sources of inspiration and learning.