I am a non-binary, genderfluid yoga instructor based in Roxbury, NJ. I teach Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Prenatal, and Restorative styles.
“The first step of yoga is to learn to see yourself in others- and to respect, to be reverent, and be compassionate to all beings.” Sri Dharma Mittra
What I Believe
What I Believe Yoga is Intention. Yoga is Mindfulness. Yoga is Strength and Ease.
Above all, Yoga means Unity.
Yoga is for every body, but sometimes yoga spaces can feel less than welcoming for those of us who exist outside the cis-heteronormative box. As a member of the LGBTQIA2+ community, I endeavor to create a safe and welcoming space for people of all gender identities and orientations, where your identity, pronouns, and gender expression are respected.
Yoga is more than just what we do on our mats.
To practice yoga is to live with intention. The mindfulness yoga teaches allows us to practice self-compassion. Practicing Yoga teaches us to feel our own strength. It teaches us to be at ease with what and who we are in this exact moment. It guides us toward contentment. Don’t fret if this does not describe you, right now. That is why we practice yoga. Every time we come to our mats, it is a new beginning. A new chance to try. That’s why we call it a “yoga practice,” not a “yoga perfect.”
My Yoga Journey
I originally came to yoga for the unique workout. I was a runner, but I had a bad knee from a torn ACL in high school. Although I had had surgery more than a decade before, it still bothered me periodically, so I was looking for something that would challenge me but not aggravate my injury. I decided to try yoga with some friends at a brewery in Vermont when on a 30th birthday celebration weekend. I had learned sun Salutations from my sister when I was in middle school, but as that was the only thing I knew about yoga, it wasn’t an easy class- but I loved it! I knew I had found the challenge I was looking for.
After that, my husband and I started to take yoga classes at our gym every Saturday and Sunday. I left every class feeling not only that I had worked out, but also renewed. It helped me to deal with the stresses of teaching. It was a source of strength throughout my pregnancy (and labor) as well as a way to decompress as a new parent.
After 3 years of taking classes, I knew that I needed to share this amazing gift with other people. I decided to take my love of yoga to the next level and enrolled in New Jersey Yoga Teacher Training at Indigo Yoga Studio in Caldwell, NJ. During my time there I learned that yoga is so much more than just a workout. I learned why I always felt so good after a yoga class, something I didn’t necessarily feel after other kinds of exercise. Yoga is a journey to self-awareness that really does connect the mind, body, and spirit. It’s amazing being able to share my passion for yoga with others.
My intention is to guide my students away from preconceived notions they may have about their flexibility and strength toward a self-compassion that allows them to accept themselves as they are, while still striving to meet their goals. To take a class with me or book a private session, visit my classes page.