Where are you from?
I am originally from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Who inspires you?
Myles Kennedy “Watch Over You – Acoustic” The man moves my soul.
How did you come to yoga?
I initially came to yoga of course interested in the mental and physical benefits of the practice, but particularly to manage the residual effects of a previous cardio-thoracic surgery. The surgery left me with half of a functioning diaphragm, ribs that sublux at inopportune moments, and a ton of scar tissue throughout my abdomen and around my spine. My practice began in the summer of 2010 in a dear friend’s class and my life was changed forever.
Current favorite inspirational quote?
“Practice and all is coming.” There is no truer statement in the world and it applies to everything, not just yoga. Show up consistently, withhold expectations, and watch the gifts unfold.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Dynamic and lyrical. I was born with music in my blood and have grown to love moving in my body – always super inspired by my daily personal practice. I have yet to find a better place from which to teach.
Which posture helps you “Go Deep?”
Backbends. I have grown to truly love them all. Not only do they ask your body and mind to surrender and release SO much, they were something that I never thought I would physically be able to do. Yet, here I am, (thanks particularly to the unparalleled guidance and support of my beloved Isaac Pena) practicing crazy things like Kapotasana.
Silence or music in class?
Silence absolutely has its place, though you will always find music in my class. Every playlist is super eclectic — deadmau5, (mellow) Metallica, Sia, Girish, Pretty Lights, Muse…
Complete the sentence: I practice because…
I have to take care of myself before I can properly care for anyone/anything else.
Which of the Five Pillars most resonates with you (right now) and why?
Right Intention. How I show up in the world is a direct reflection of who I am and how I serve it.
Personal Motto or Mantra?
I begin every practice by thanking my teachers.