How did you get into yoga? What aspect of yoga got you on the mat in the beginning?
I started taking yoga as part of the dance/ dance therapy curriculum in college. Suddha Wexler was teaching the dance students at that time. Once I started massage school and wasn’t dancing as much as in college, I found a regular yoga practice with Miguel Latronica at Eight Limbs Yoga Studio in 2000. Practicing Astanga yoga with Miguel weekly became my dance.
What would you consider your yoga style and who were a few teachers that influenced you the most?
I tell people I teach a hatha/vinyasa class. I enjoy the playfulness found in the flow, exploring and experimenting to find new awarenesses in the body. And I also love staying awhile in a pose to gain knowledge about the form and function, taking the time to connect breath, a steady mind and posture. My primary teachers over the past 17 years have been Miguel Latronica, Quinn Kearney and Gabriel Halpern.
If you could change one aspect of the modern yoga world, what would that be?
I think it’s important to smile and be excited about having beginners mind. Then there’s room for transformation.
Why do you love teaching at yogaview?
yogaview has been my home studio since it opened and I followed Tom Quinn here after taking one class prior with him. I have felt welcomed as a student and a teacher here, the space a nurturing embrace. I feel we are all invited to come as we are, to play and to learn. yogaview is a joyful place.
Within the 8 limbs of yoga, the experience of Samadhi is often described as the top rung of the ladder. It's considered by many to be indescribable, yet it is often described as such and more. Can you please describe your personal experience of this state or what the concept represents to you?
On first consideration it would seem best to leave this question blank, but I’ll share a memory. When you stop moving on a walk through a forest, become so silent even your breath makes no sound, your senses open and you become aware of a stillness, an emptiness, and what is there that seems like nothingness, is so full, so expansive. It’s nothing, and it’s wonderful.
What was one of the funniest or most humbling moments you've had while teaching a class?
One of the most humbling moments I’ve had as a student is when I took a yoga class in Arizona by a quadriplegic. Needless to say that was an inspiring experience. It gave a much deeper understanding to what yoga is, and why we are doing it.
In less than 140 characters, like that of a tweet or much like a sutra, describe your inner experience going about daily life pre vs. post developing a regular yoga or meditation practice.
I think the biggest change in myself from before and after I began developing my meditation practice is that I now trust myself. No matter how difficult or overwhelming I can feel about life, a part of me knows that I am fully capable of making my way through anything. That if I just take some time and mindfully sit, walk or dance, I will return to myself and move forward from there.
If there was one spiritual teacher or guru that you would desire to study under (dead or alive) who would it be?
I would love to frolic around an open field with Isadora Duncan, and have coffee with Alan Watts and Tom Robbins. A lot of coffee with those two.
What is your favorite non yoga activity?
When I’m not hugging to the midline of a yoga mat, I find joy in dancing, making costumes/clothes, and drawing. I am devoted to follow my bliss into whatever expression its moving me towards.