WHAT IS YOGA? Yoga is a spiritual tradition that originated in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures native to India. The word itself has many meanings but the two most relevant are union and discipline. Today modern yogis practice yoga for a bevy of reasons: to break contact with pain, to make oneself whole, to feel physically connected to the mind, become more internally aware and for physical rehabilitation, and more. Yoga can be practiced in a myriad of ways and is a method of removing obstacles that keep us from finding peace and joy both mentally and emotionally. My studies of yoga range from on and off the yoga mat - I practice yogic and mindfulness application in every aspect of life: from work-life balance, to mindful choices and skillful action as well as to my surroundings: nature, food, even traffic. I believe that the most basic recipe for a happy life is virtue and values, self-aware mindfulness and non-judgement.
Since 1999, I’ve been studying yoga... not just reading and taking a few classes here and there, but really studying it: turning it upside down, stretching it right and left and trying time and time again to test its limits. I have traveled extensively and lived in many different cities and states since the age of 18: from Illinois to Missouri, Connecticut, Manhattan & Brooklyn, New Mexico, California, Tennessee, back to New York and now at home in Florida. I’ve also traveled extensively overseas to Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, Scotland and more. My travels and studies have afforded me an opportunity that most are unable to explore… the depths of what we are all searching for - the key to living a happy life.
My teachers include: Yogi Amrit Desai, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. John Sarno, Tarah Brach, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Desikachar, Yogananda, Krishnamurti and Dianne A. Allen. My teachings are derived from these teachers great bodies of work combined with my personal experience of teaching and practicing yoga not only as a yoga studio owner, but also as a western Yogi, working in corporate America while creating ways to live a balanced, spiritual life.
My skill is in the practical application of mindfulness and yoga: most of us know deep down that we need to take more time for our own health and well-being but not having the time to practice these applications or find the exact methods that work, we begin to lose faith that we know what’s right and just fall in line, coaxed into place by media and societal pressures. We begin to lose sight of who we are… maybe we never even had it in the first place. To cope, we over eat, binge, over-exercise, are sedentary, become mindless and desensitized to just about everything around us. Good news! You only need the right tools to reconnect with your self on a deeper level. But where does one start? I would wager you've "tried" yoga and maybe it wasn't for you, maybe you hate tight shorts, maybe you find it boring or you just aren't flexible enough. I'm sure you have a bevy of reasons.
First things first, let's begin at the beginning. I’ll find out what is important to you, what you want to accomplish and what's holding you back, then we get to work… we’ll talk nutrition, what’s worked and what hasn’t, then balance this out with your job, exercise, personal life and free time. Once and for all you will get a handle on how to act instead of re-act, how to retrain your mind so that you will always be able to heal yourself from the inside out. In a nutshell, I will teach you yoga. You will love it.
Bikram Yoga Certification, 2003
200 Hour RYT Certification, Yoga Alliance
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, ISSA
CPR/AED Certified, Red Cross
2 issues of Oprah Magazine!
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