Yoga as a Movement Practice
About a decade ago, I started practicing yoga as a supplement to my dance training. In 2013, while living in Philadelphia I completed a 200 hr YTT certification with Dhyana Yoga which trains teachers in a vinyasa style stemming from an Ashtanga lineage. Upon receiving the certification, I moved to Brooklyn and started teaching classes all over the city. I’ve had the privilege of teaching at The New School University, Soho House NY, gyms, health centers, corporate offices, and public schools. I have also taught classes internationally in Morocco, Croatia, and Germany. At the time I was teaching these classes, I also started to work with individuals privately in their homes. A lot beginners who were too nervous about class requested my services along with individuals who were recovering from injuries and seasoned practitioners who wanted to refine their practice. In 2015, I started working with Namaste NY which is a wellness concierge company that provides premium wellness services to clients in their home. Within the last two years I have transitioned from teaching classes to solely working privately with individuals or small groups. I have found that my work lays more in the realm of therapeutics as opposed to ‘workout’ and I prefer the personal connection that comes from private sessions.
My teaching approach is an amalgamation of theories and techniques I have learned through my studies of dance, yoga, anatomy, and meditation. I have also explored various healing arts such as herbalism, Spiraldynamik®, thai massage and other forms of energy healing.
In my course of studies I have benefited from a breadth of diverse training environments including Dhyana Yoga, Kripalu in Lenox Mass, the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, the Open Center and Kula Yoga in New York City and Ponderosa Movement Center in Germany. In 2011, I spent five months traveling solo through India where I studied Ashtanga yoga in Rishikesh and cultivated a wider knowledge of Vipassana meditation during two sittings with the Dalai Lama.