Yoga is broad enough to hold healing for EVERYONE, and it is my deepest joy to share its teachings with others. My personal practice is constantly evolving and I continue to learn from my teachers and my students all the time. Because of yoga, I can live with ease in my body and joy in my heart, and for this I am ever grateful.
We all have unique bodies, goals, and experiences, so I do my best to tailor my teaching style according to what you need most. I love teaching classes of all different kinds, although I find that small groups or private sessions are the most effective way to grow one’s yoga practice when first starting out – the targeted support helps to make sense of one of the world’s broadest spiritual disciplines. These sessions can be anything from deep, meditative one-on-ones to “yoga boot camp” where the goal is just to make exercise social, fun and supportive.
Yoga has been the heartbeat of my personal and professional life for over ten years. I received my 200hr teaching certification from Yoga Tree in San Francisco in 2013 and have taught regularly ever since. I’ve done further formal training in Ananda Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga for Seniors. I have experience teaching power vinyasa in a gym setting, restorative and alignment-based hatha in a much more traditional spiritual setting, a wide variety of small-group and private sessions, as well as in the context of special events and retreats.
Advice for Beginners
- The more you practice, the more you see that being flexible has very little to do with it; “I’m not flexible” is NOT a good reason to avoid yoga. Yoga is for everyone, even if your body disagrees with most of the conventional postures; it’s a matter of making yoga work for you, not the other way around.
- Try different styles and teachers until you find one that you like.
- None of the “advanced” students are looking at you or judging you; they are probably deep in their own inner experience…and if somehow they ARE judging you, it is to their detriment and is not worth taking personally!
- The postures are not goals in themselves. They are opportunities for you to explore your own body and are meant to be adapted as needed for safety and accessibility – expect to run into poses that don’t work for you, and don’t be afraid to skip or change them as needed.
- Be careful in forward bends, especially if you have low back pain. The most common yoga injury I see is to over-strain the low back in a seated forward bend. Better to do a little less and bend the knees than to risk hurting yourself in something that you’re supposedly doing to make you feel better.
- Be careful of your wrists and shoulders (other common yoga injuries). Back off at signs of joint pain and ask your teacher to show you ways to modify safely for your own body…or ask me! I’d love to show you.
- Yoga is an integrating practice that will make you more aware of your inner self. Proceed with loving-kindness, and always be curious about any mental resistance or emotional frustration that arises. It’s all part of the experience.