My intention is to act as a conduit for my students when I take the seat of the teacher, guiding practitioners toward physical sustainability and mental curiosity, all underlined by the buddhist concepts of compassion and interdependence. My work is grounded in the science of anatomy and physiology and yet seeks to speak to the artist’s heart through creative sequencing and exploration of postures (my signature Breakti® class is one example of this). I began teaching movement at University in 2000 while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Plant Biology, and found my way to yoga through a dance-related injury in 2003. That injury changed the course of my life, and to this day I am fascinated and intrigued by the miraculous ability for the body, mind and heart to heal. My studies and personal practice since that time have had particular emphasis in therapeutic applications of asana and my deep desire to know and understand the mind and heart has led me to ongoing work in buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy. After ten years of teaching at some of the best studios in New York City (Kula Yoga Project, YogaWorks, Katonah Yoga, Laughing Lotus, Om Factory), I relocated to Zurich, Switzerland with my husband in May of 2015, where we are excitedly building our lives together from the "Grund auf neu". I teach classes, workshops and trainings in Europe, NYC, and around the world.
Other Major Influences:
Chögyam Trungpa and other shambhala teachings
the interdependence project, nyc
Raphael Xavier, Break(dance) and Movement Exploration
Schuyler Grant, art of Vinyasa, adjustments and Sequencing
Doug Keller, Yoga Therapeutics
Katonah Yoga, asana and pranyama, adjustments
Jillian Pransky, restoratives and therapeutics
Laurel Hodory, Ashtanga, Anusara
John Friend, Anusara and Yoga Therapeutics
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I grew up dancing and playing sports and have been studying the body and movement diligently since I began University studies in 1998. I graduated with honors and a BFA in Dance Pedagogy/Choreography/Performance in 2002, danced and choreographed professionally in Philadelphia, Columbus and New York City, and completed my first 200 hour teacher training in 2005. Since that time, I have completed a 300 hour, a 75 hour and four separate weeklong therapeutics trainings with teachers at the top of their fields in addition to hundreds of hours of weekly classes and workshops in and around NYC. i have also completed a year-long buddhist studies and meditation teacher training at the Interdependence Project in New York City as well as numerous meditation weekends, philosophy classes and retreats through Shambhala NYC and Karma Choling.