Hunter College, Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2021
YogaWorks certified teacher and teacher trainer for YogaWorks 200 and 300 hour programs in the US and Internationally, 2010 - 2018
Curriculum development and international marketing coordination for YogaWorks 200 and 300 hour programs, 2010 - 2018
Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
Studies in anatomy, embryology, developmental movement, and Body-Mind Centering with Amy Matthews
Anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics with Jason Brown
Restorative yoga teacher training with Jillian Pransky
Inspired by Feldenkrais and Laban / Bartenieff Fundamentals
Kettlebell training at Five Points Academy, NYC
I have been teaching yoga and leading teacher trainings for over a decade. With more than 20 trainings in 200 and 300 hour mentorship formats under my belt, it’s been a good run. Traveling around the US, Mexico, Japan, and Australia has granted me an opportunity to share what I love with curious students around the globe. No exaggeration when I say that I’ve learned something from every single student I’ve met along the way. If you’re reading this, and you’ve taken a training with me, thank you.
If you’re a student who enjoys movement but feels like the yoga mold doesn’t fit your body, mindset, or lifestyle—I’m with you. Maybe you’re a yoga teacher who’s identified that the practice isn’t serving you or your students in all the ways it could—I’ve been there, and I’ve got your back with tools honed over several years of transition away from yoga asana.
Since adding strength training and other functional movement modalities to my repertoire, my practice and priorities have shifted. With deeper examination into the power structures, and systems that perpetuate abuse in yoga lineage, I’ve untethered myself from the philosophical underpinnings as well. I have no interest in teaching the postural sequences and alignment rules imposed for aesthetics and strict dominance over the body. The past several years have brought me to a method of teaching that places the student in the driver’s seat and champions inquiry.
Now, as I pursue my Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy, my aim is to make movement more accessible to the general population. I strive to educate about the science of the human body, while embracing the mystery of it all.
I teach multidisciplinary movement inspired by yoga, physical therapy, strength training, Feldenkrais, Functional Range Conditioning, meditation, and conscious relaxation.
There’ve been a lot of small steps and a few giant leaps over the years that brought me to where I stand today.
The transition away from calling myself a yoga teacher began several years ago when I was experiencing daily, persistent pain in my hip. Some days, traversing the SOHO cobblestone on my way to teach, it felt like my right femur bone was falling out of my hip socket. There was clicking and slapping and pain all around my greater trochanter (the knob on the upper, outer portion of the thigh bone). I also had a wonky (that's a clinical term, ha!) left SI joint and hypertonic (high muscle tone) right QL and psoas muscles.
In assessments with both a Rolfer and a neuromuscular massage therapist, I was observed standing. “Do you always stand with your feet parallel?”—they mused—“Why?” Ummm, because yoga alignment. For years, I'd built my purpose and my pride on standing well and teaching others to do the same.
But there's this: The more I learn about the human body, the less I care about the alignment of yoga poses.
Standing in mountain pose with parallel feet is not for everybody. It most definitely wasn’t for me all day every day. My lateral hip rotators were locked long from spending so much time with my thighs turned in more than was natural for my bony structure. The muscle tone around my hips was all uneven, with some areas overstretched and weak and other areas contracted into knots. With a couple of bodywork sessions and a week or so of allowing my feet to turn out in standing and walking, the pain disappeared. I added weight lifting to my practice, targeting my hips and butt—squats, deadlifts, weight loaded bridges. I was feeling better than ever and flying up the subway stairs. I’ve since persisted on a path of training strength, varying my movement beyond what’s offered in typical yoga sessions, and putting myself together in the places where yoga asana was pulling me apart. Along the way, I've come to value function over aesthetic form, and my body is so happy for it!
I’m cutting a new path. Taking what I find valuable about yoga as an embodiment practice, adding cross-training elements that build balanced muscle tone, and having a whole lot of fun mixing up movement with tricky motor control games.
Just as we have building blocks for yoga poses, some yoga poses serve as building blocks for valuable human movement. It can all live happily together in my world.
Students tell me my classes feel like group physical therapy. I'm honored, but I'm not there yet. I don’t have all the answers. I have a lot of questions. One of my teachers says, “be joyful in not knowing.” I couldn't have more joy for the learning ahead.
To those of you who’ve been meeting me here over the past few years, thank you. If you are new to my site, welcome. I hope we can practice together, either in person in NYC or through my courses online.