What in your practice inspires you to teach? I have always enjoyed helping people move toward or maintain a healthy lifestyle, which makes them feel good physically and emotionally. Teaching also helps me to deepen my practice, physically and spiritually.
Tell us a little about your yoga journey and how this influences what you bring across in your teaching? I have been a dancer since childhood, and like so many physically active people, I started doing yoga purely as fitness - to complement my dancing. While I found that yoga was beneficial to my dancing, each discipline helping the other, I also learned that there was much more to yoga than the physical element. While that physical element is still important to me, I now have a much greater appreciation of how yoga effects one in ways that are not physical - reducing stress and anxiety, encouraging mindfulness, patience and loving kindness and improving mental well being. I fell in love with aerial yoga because it gives me the opportunity to combine elements of yoga, dance and aerial arts and has an inherent sense of freedom and joyfulness. I try to bring all of those elements to my classes.
What is your favorite activity outside of yoga and how does yoga help this activity? Dancing! Yoga encourages strength, balance, flexibility and body awareness, all of which are necessary components of dance. Yoga makes me a better dancer and dancing makes me a better yogi.
How would you describe your teaching? Since I came to yoga from the dance world, my teaching tends to be much like choreography. I'm very aware of the flow of movement - how one posture transitions into the next, the beauty of the movement as well as the logic behind the movement. I find this true in all forms of yoga but particularly so in aerial yoga, because by nature aerial seems so similar to dance. I also describe myself as an “anatomy geek” and take great pleasure in understanding body alignment and the mechanics of movement. I’m very descriptive when I teach - identifying and explaining which parts of the body are working, opening or releasing, and how to stay safe and get the most benefit out of each posture or sequence.
What makes teaching at Kaia yoga a unique experience? The Kaia community of students, staff and teachers is warm and welcoming, loving and supportive and very yogi in every sense of the word. The studios are beautiful and create the perfect atmosphere for any style of yoga practice. I’m grateful to be a part of the Kaia family.