I was first introduced to yoga in a high school gym class, but it wasn’t until I took a semester off as a college junior that I began to develop a consistent yoga practice. I had been struggling with depression at school, and somehow I knew that the answer to my problem was in the body. I spent the next few months discovering the benefits of yoga at Laughing Lotus in NYC, and was soon able to step out of that dark place, and get through college.
Fast forward over a decade, and I’m a clinical social worker living in, and teaching yoga in Boston! My teachers and influences have been many, and my path has been winding. Only God knows how I got here, but I’m so glad I did! Teaching yoga is the only job I’ve ever truly enjoyed, and I like to believe that it shows.
My classes are intentionally simple, quiet, and slow, in sharp contrast to the society that we live in. I incorporate humor and gentleness into my teaching, encouraging students to leave their perfectionism at the door, and find the most beneficial alignment for their particular bodies in each particular moment. Currently, Restorative Yoga is my truest love, and I find that I bring the spirit of this practice into my more active classes as well. Multiple students have described my teaching as “mellow,” and I take that as the highest of compliments.
As popular as yoga has become, there is still, to me, something subversive about this practice. As we get to know ourselves, we inevitably develop more self-compassion, and self-compassion leads to compassion for others. This changes the way we move through the world, and in the end, changes the world itself.