1,000-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher and mindfulness educator, 500-hour Kripalu Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Transformational Life Coach, Life Explorer, and Art Enthusiast
I am 1,000-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher and educator, 500-hour Kripalu Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher, and Ayurvedic Bodyworker. I work with private clients, teach group yoga, pranayama, meditation, and creative arts classes, and lead retreats at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. I also teach in the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda (KSYA).
As a passionate student of life, I strive toward connection, nourishment, truth, embodiment, and authenticity. I aim to weave these same qualities into my classes and lecture workshops. My teaching approach stems from self-inquiry-based exploration and learning. I blend the art and science of yoga with the self-care and lifestyle approach of Ayurveda. I believe the combination offers a pathway to transformation and embodiment of mind-heart-body-spirit. I aspire to offer a sanctuary where you feel empowered to connect to and listen to your body. This ignites passageways to unlock the sacred secrets of the heart from the inside out.
Swami Kripalu said “to perform every action skillfully is Yoga.” I am a strong believer that what and how we practice on the yoga mat reflects the way we show up in our daily life. The yoga mat becomes a vehicle to dissolve layers and boundaries allowing us to see more clearly all dimensions of Self. We are continually evolving into more. Each posture and breath is a step along the way. The path never ends. I am forever a student, always learning, exploring, and growing. Thank you for being a part of the journey with me.
To be the best human being I can be
I did not come this far to only get this far
Authenticity and Intimacy
Connecting and listening to people eye to eye and heart to heart
You belong here. You are here for a reason. Discover why. Bring it forth.
My Question of the day: How will you inspire your own magnificence? (from my teacher Maria Siros) and Who would you be if you believed nothing was wrong with you?
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
Well I live in a tiny castle on a hill, in the woods, by a lake, with wild animals, trees, where I can lay in the sunshine naked, place my bare feet in the earth and sing as loud as I want with out disturbing anyone. I am a “regular” at the coffee shop and grocery store and I work at one of the worlds largest yoga education retreats called Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, which is committed to offering a diverse range of holistic and integrative approaches to health, self-discovery, and transformation. All of these things really light me up and make me love my home.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Honestly, I hate going out to breakfast…I would rather stay home and make yummy food in my pj’s. My fav meal is authentic Thai curry- sweet n spicy, creamy coconut milk, loaded with veggies.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – morning ritual- sage, prayer, mantra pranayama, goat pose, and some other secret stuff.
10:00 AM – sometimes teaching yoga/ayurveda/mindfulness/breathing, sometimes painting and making a mess in my garage, sometimes having heart to heart connections with friends over tea, sometimes in the forest speaking with trees, sometimes snowboarding, sometimes on the phone with a client doing one on one mind-body approaches to life/health/self-discovery/personal growth.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? I thrive off of rhythm. By 12 noon I am ready to eat. Meal time is sacred to me so I never plan a work meeting at 12 noon. I love a warmed toasted turkey sandwich with avocado and cooked veggies. Post lunch is a mini nap to pause, rest, and recharge. Everything is so much better when I take the time to REST.
7:00 PM – I teach many evening classes such as Yin or Restorative yoga, and meditation/guided relaxation, reading inspiring books or listening to a podcast, meditating with friends, responding to emails, giving/receiving bodywork, tarot cards, arts and crafts, journal, gazing at the stars.
11:00 PM – the magic witching hour for me is 9pm- my whole body shuts down and the words that come out of my mouth don’t make sense. So by 11pm I am curled under my covers off traveling to the ethers.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
The only drink I “need” to have every day is water. I find myself sipping one cup of green tea each morning and once in a while if you are lucky you may find me savoring smooth local bourbon.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I don’t have “apps”. If you saw my phone you might have a heart attack. It’s quite old school. I will admit I waste many hours in the world of facebook AND I purposefully take social media and Internet breaks. It’s important to find balance- times to connect and times to unplug.
What should everyone try at least once?
Eating with your fingers, sky diving, silent meditation retreat, skinny dipping in the ocean, to be single, immerse oneself in another culture on a different continent than you live, love fully and freely, witness/be apart of a birth and a crossing over/death, do something that scares you or nudges you out of your comfort zone.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
The mix of big headphones-loud music in my ears-and painting, gazing at a fire, late night conversations about life, intimacy, healing, and human transformation, Himalayan and crystal sound bowls, singing in the forest, in the vitamin/holistic isle at the co-op.
How did you get into the industry?
The industry found me…I say this with a huge smile…Simple answer…I got into the Industry of Health/Yoga/Mindfulness/Personal Transformation through the doorway of suffering. I was confused, disconnected, disassociated, and a master at running through life and running away from myself. 25 years of every form of addiction (various eating disorders, exercise, work, drugs, alcohol). Rock bottom was a wake up or “first awakening”- There is more to life- There is more to me. This began the “journey of the quest for the true Self” and “a purpose driven life”…Which, over time lead me to the magical place, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I came for 3 months and 10 years later…well I am still here on the journey of becoming the being God made me to be.