I am a lifelong learner. I am trained in various styles of yoga, including vinyasa, anusara, restorative, yin, and yoga nidra. I hold a bachelor’s in genetics from Rutgers and a master’s in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. I’m also a graduate of the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork. I used to think that science and yoga were opposites, but now I see that they are complementary methods of asking the biggest questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is this universe? What the hell is going on?
I am lucky to have learned from some amazing people, including asana teachers Justicia DeClue, Zhenga LaRosa, Rebecca Hooper and Victoria Ladd, philosophy teachers Douglas Brooks and Deven Patel, and massage teachers Theresa Tobin Macy, and Julia Bayardi. I am infinitely grateful to practice with my teacher, Lilavati.
I was initially attracted to yoga because I wanted to be more flexible. I did not know, eight years ago, that the true gift of yoga would have nothing to do with the physical body. I am a more joyful, grateful, mindful person because of my practice.
I especially love teaching restorative yoga and giving massage, because I find these practices to be the perfect antidotes to our over-stimulated, over-worked, and over-thinking culture.
Yoga is so much more than strengthening and stretching the body; it is so much more than tapping into serene states of consciousness. While these things are wonderful, the greatest gift of my practice is the constant reminder that we are all radiant, infinite, primordial fires of truth, bliss, consciousness, bhakti, mukti, tranquility. It is the reminder that even in the worst of times, this life is an amazing gift. Jai Ma!