My studies of yoga began in a traditional academic setting. After being introduced to yoga in graduate school and feeling drawn to it instantly, I decided to make it the topic of my master’s thesis. I spent the next year and half conducting interviews with yoga practitioners, examining current yoga research, exploring the discipline’s history to curate my explanation of how yoga impacts people’s lives from an embodied psycho-social perspective.
Yearning to take my studies in yoga deeper than the academic setting would allow, I left my graduate program after receiving my masters and began my search. That search would lead me to move across the country to the desert of Arizona and attend my first yoga training program at Inner Vision Yoga in 2013. Then in January of 2017 I earned my 500 hour Advanced Yoga Certification through The Authentic Yoga Teacher Training Program at Dave’s Aṣṭāṅga Yoga.
In this time I have come to fall in love and dedicate myself to the Aṣṭāṅga Vinyasa Yoga System — a classical style that is still practiced in India today. In this system, physical postures, breath, and meditative focus are performed in a set sequence that is learned progressively and devotedly practiced six days a week. Practitioners begin with the Primary Series, which is also known as “yoga cakitsa,” or, Yoga Therapy. With consistent practice, this style of yoga heals physical and psycho-emotional ailments, increases athleticism, enhances overall wellbeing and enjoyment in life.
In the classroom I tend to ask a lot from my students. I do this because I know how much each of us has to give, and I view it as my job to help students awaken this inner potential — and of course — support them along the way as they rise up to meet it.
Long story short — this practice has the potential to truly change your life. It has changed mine. All you have to do is say yes, and continue to say yes, to all that it asks of you. And I am truly honored and humbled to help you along the way.