Since the time I could walk, I have been exploring the way the body moves. I started training at the age of three as a competitive gymnast. After I quit gymnastics a young teenager, I began to study dance and developed into a modern dancer. I continued dancing throughout college, and in 2005 I earned a B.F.A in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University. It was during my Freshman year at OSU that I was introduced to yoga as an alternative body awareness technique intended to support my dance training. During my college years I was exposed to many somatic techniques, however, I was intrigued at how the yoga practice was a discipline beyond the physical.
I have been practicing Vinyasa Yoga since 2000 and received my 200 hour certification from Pure Yoga program in New York City in 2012. Since 2012 I have devoted myself to the Ashtanga Yoga method under the guidance of David Hollander. I began assisting David's Mysore room at Pure Yoga East, NYC in 2012. In 2015 I was granted my own Mysore classes in conjunction with David's program at Pure Yoga. Also in 2015 I transitioned from an established career in advertising sales to teaching yoga full time and taking on a the role of Private Practice Manager at Pure Yoga. In this position I led a team of teachers, contributed to Pure Yoga's 200 hour Teacher Training, and honed the craft of teaching privately to a wide demographic of students. Currently I am focused on teaching privately and offer a few public classes in NYC.
I strive to study closely and frequently with the direct lineage holders of Ashtanga Yoga. In 2017 I traveled to Encinitas, CA for a 100 hour Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series training with Tim Miller. In 2016 and 2017, I traveled to Maui, HI to partake in a two week intensive teacher trainings on the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series and Second Series with Manju Jois and Nancy Gilgoff. In 2018 I traveled to Maui, HI to study with David Swenson and Shelley Washington. My times spent in the presence of Sharath Jois, David Williams, Danny Paradise, and Kino MacGregor have also influenced my understanding of Ashtanga Yoga. Above all, I consider myself a student who endeavors to honor my teachers, the lineage of Ashtanga yoga, and to use my teaching to inspire others along this transformational eight limbed path.