We are all born happy, healthy and free. Yet somewhere along the way, we forget that. By teaching you how your body works -- and how it could work better -- I hope to help you reclaim your birthright. The more you understand how you move, breathe, feel and think, the more you will align yourself with your true nature and the more clearly you will be able to put your deepest intentions into practice.
My passion is teaching how the body works. I currently teach yoga classes in New York City, offer individual private sessions, and teach anatomy and physiology for yogis and yoga teachers around the country and worldwide. I also write extensively about yoga, anatomy, physiology and health on my blog and for popular websites and publications.
I discovered yoga in my mid-twenties. I had spent my teenage and college years living in a way that was cerebral and disembodied. Yoga re-awakened a lost sense of pleasure in movement and physicality. I practiced other physical disciplines – running, weight training, martial arts and more – but always returned to yoga.
In 2000, I completed teacher training at New York City’s OM Yoga Center. I taught there for 12 years until OM’s closing, including ten years as a teacher trainer.
A lifelong interest in biology and anatomy led me to study with several yoga anatomy teachers, and eventually to a master’s degree in applied physiology from Columbia University.
I've practiced yoga with numerous teachers, including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, and more recently, Glenn Black. I also studied Sanskrit for several years with Swami Prabuddhananda Saraswati.
As I've gotten older, I've experienced more injuries and my practice has changed to incorporate other types of movement and training. Prompted by a desire to better understand healthy human movement, I became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. The Feldenkrais method is a powerful system for re-learning integrated, pain-free movement. I currently offer both group Feldenkrais classes and one-on-one Functional Integration table sessions. I'm also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA.
Yoga helped to restore my health and brought me to a place of greater embodiment and vitality. I love sharing what I’ve learned with students and helping aspiring teachers develop their knowledge and skills. Understanding the way your body works can profoundly affect your life, allowing you to move with greater awareness and freedom so that you can more clearly put your intentions into action.