like many people, i began my yoga practice by accident or, at least, without much forethought. in 2004, while studying in boston, i heard about a twice weekly yoga class right on campus. i grew up as a gymnast, cheerleader and dancer. i missed the familiar and gratifying feeling of moving, challenging and controlling my body, i decided i would give yoga a shot. at first, it was merely about learning the postures, or asanas. i was thinking like an athlete. but as my practice seeped into my life outside of the studio i began to change my thoughts, habits, and attitude toward the world. i realized that yoga is much more than physical exercise.
one summer break, i found back bay yoga and began a forrest yoga practice. forrest yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice with an emphasis on carrying that transformative experience off the mat and into daily life. i found the ritual of setting an intention at the start of class, and then mindfully working through that intention, incredibly healing. i was sold.
in february of 2011, after seven years of practice, i moved to Washington, DC. while exploring my new surroundings, i discovered the studio dc yoga center. i became a regular and the desire to delve deeper quickly consumed my mind. i took a leap of faith and signed on for a 200-hour, five month-long teacher training program. i learned of yoga’s ancient roots, evolving philosophies, and what it means to carry those traditions into a 21st century american practice.
it never occurred to me at any point in my life that i would want to become a yoga teacher. my training was initially selfish and only meant to deepen my practice. but with time, i have found what i had been seeking: yoga as a journey to becoming whole. it was as if the decision to share this with others was made for me.
while i began my odyssey through forrest yoga, i have since practiced ashtanga, hatha and vinyasa, ultimately finding a home in the mysore practice of ashtanga. it is my intention to teach in a way that allows my students to be deeply present and mindful of how one's practice in life manifests itself on the mat. each practice is meditative and facilitates a way for opening not only in the body, but in the mind.
i believe each of us is on a quest to return to wholeness. i am grateful for the opportunity to assist along that journey. i am inspired by all of my teachers on and off the mat and continue to learn how to better serve humanity as a whole.
my deepsest gratitude to ryan arnoldy + katja brandis of the studio dc for getting me started on my teaching path. to maryl baldridge of georgetown yoga for overfilling me with inspiration. to union market dc for giving me a platform to share this healing practice. and boundless gratitude to my students for showing up and inspiring me with their practice.