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Yoga has been part of my life for a long time, but it was at my first Ashtanga class 10 years ago that I truly fell in love with the practice. The connection between the dynamic flow and the breath was a new way of feeling the practice. Yoga soon became much more than just a physical workout, but a way of life, the perfect way to start each day in a moving meditation. Every morning, you have time just for yourself, it is only you, your mat, and your steady breath leading you through the asanas.
Practice gives me strength and stability, helping me distance myself from everyday life and allowing me to become the best version of myself both physically and mentally.
I am studying traditional ashtanga yoga with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India, where I spend a few months each year. The time spent under Sharathji’s guidance allows me to concentrate on deepening my practice and growing both a as a yoga student and teacher. On my last trip, Sharathji gave me his blessing to teach. I am now an Authorised Level 1 teacher. I have also attended multiple workshops with world renowned teachers, including Manju Jois, Saraswathi Jois, Nancy Gilgoff and John Scott. I am a Yoga Alliance registered teacher (RYT 200), and I continuously strive to improve my teaching by assisting other experienced instructors.
My biology and anatomy background leads me to a body-centric viewpoint both in my teaching and practice. Recognizing the spectrum of ability levels and limits, and the variation from person to person, from day to day, from injury to health, is an important piece of my teaching style. My classes are appropriate both for beginners and intermediate practitioners. I teach traditional Ashtanga yoga, concentrating on the connection of breath and movement, but make a point of allowing people to progress at their own pace. I feel that yoga needs to be personal – you are the utmost authority on what your body feels like at any given time, its capacities and limits. I strive to be there to support and guide you in your yoga journey.