I turned to exercise right after September 11, 2001, when I worked a few blocks away from the World Trade Center and while studying Art History. After the attacks, the downtown health and fitness community was giving away free yoga, Reiki and gym passes for those affected locally, and thankfully, I took full advantage. I gained about 30 pounds due to post-traumatic shock, and I relied on yoga and running to help me deal. This changed my life!
I received my first certification of yoga back in 2008 in a classical Power Yoga form from the lineage of Baron Baptiste Power Yoga. Since then, I have completed over 700 hours of training through various styles, including Kula Yoga Flow advanced teacher training, Conquering Lion teacher training (Jivamukti lineage) Kundalini, Pilates mat, Barre, and Pilates Reformer/Cadillac training. I am also Level II Reiki certified. Lastly, I am currently enrolled in a therapeutic-based Pilates apparatus training, a training that consists of more than 600 hours of anatomy and movement training, through Erika Bloom Pilates Plus.
In addition to my yoga practice, I am an avid surfer. I have combined my passions of yoga and the water by creating my retreat company Love Surf Yoga and also by teaching Stand Up Paddle yoga. I was the first SUP yoga teacher in New York City, teaching at the Rockaways following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and as an effort to rebuild our local surf break.
I teach aligned and energetic vinyasa flows with attention to anatomy, pranayama, and precise alignment, with fun music and some meditation. I also teach super strengthening and therapeutic Pilates classes. Join me!