My mission is to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive space for all people on their journey in wellness. I identify with the she/her/hers pronouns. Through teaching and listening I spread loving-kindness to my community and beyond.
I became a yoga student in 2001 as a way to sweat out my lifestyle choices. The energetic change, both physical and emotional, is what kept me coming back. I was hooked on hot Vinyasa yoga, and Bikram because I felt open and clean after class. Between then and now, I turned to home-practice, and podcasts. I explored cycling, running, and HIIT workouts. To counter balance the strength and power in those, I stayed with yoga for flexibility and relaxation. I was led to Iyengar yoga, which completely shifted my perspective. It taught me to meet my body where it is with a posture, and not push it to a perfect (as seen on ads) pose. I dove into the body-positve, and inclusive yoga movements. I aim to teach class being mindful of language use and pronouns, so that all people feel welcome. Then, in 2015 I made a commitment to myself, and my practice when I completed my 200-hour teacher training with Jasmine Cherazi at Yoga District in DC. Since then, I’ve been teaching alignment-based yoga accessible for everybody and every body.
In 2011, I graduated with a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from The College of Saint Rose, in Albany, New York. It was during grad school, while taking a yoga class at the gym, that I met Carissa, and truly sank myself into a yogic lifestyle. I practiced daily, began meditating, and focused on my emotional well-being, not just my physical well-being.
After giving birth in 2016, I realized a need in our community for families to have access to information, education and resources so they can make informed decisions for their pregnancy, birth, and newborn. Although birth is natural it's not always easy. I offer a supportive space and group discussions pertaining to topics on the entire birth spectrum. I am a DONA trained doula, and am hosting toLabor a birth activism organization, this summer. I believe all families have the right to feel respected and supported during this transformational time in their lives. I identify as, and proudly support LGBTQ families. Click here to schedule a free consult and learn more about doula support.
My background in Education has given me the experience, teaching diverse and unique populations, and the means with which to create my own yoga sequences and childbirth education courses. As a firm believer that knowledge is power; I infuse all of my classes (hatha or prenatal) with a theme. My belief in justice is what drives me to continually seek more information, so that I can connect and share it with others.