Her practice is equal parts...
dynamic and intelligent.
What drew you to yoga?
My mother bribed me into going to my first yoga class. With frozen yogurt. Yes, I’m serious. I was 17 years old, she wanted bonding time, and I wanted to do the exact opposite of whatever she wanted. Up until that point I had spent the majority of my life in a ballet studio and playing competitive sports, so I was definitely familiar with the concept of a hard workout. By the end of the class, muscles I didn’t even know existed were shaking, I was sweating my balls off, and I was smiling. I was hooked.
Why do you practice?
I practice yoga because nothing else makes me feel as whole. It makes me feel at home in my own body, which is something that can be really difficult to find in this day and age.
(Life+) How does yoga change you off the mat?
I am a very impatient person. Like REAL impatient. Like, as a 2ft tall little kid, I would yell at people to walk faster because I didn’t understand why they were taking so long. (I don’t do this anymore in case you’re wondering.) It sounds super simple and obvious, but learning to pause and take a breath has changed my life a lot.
What is your style?
My style is all about strength, alignment, and asking yourself why. It seems to me that our current culture is all about doing more, doing it faster, and making it bigger. My practice and my class is pretty much the opposite. We’ll do cool shit, don’t get me wrong, but we’ll do it purposely and with control.
Where are you when you’re not teaching?
When I’m not on the mat, chances are you’ll find me hiking in the middle of nowhere with my dog. OR binge watching something with a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine – Olivia Pope style. 😉
What illuminates you?
What illuminates me is that look on someone’s face when they nail something for the first time. Finding that sweet spot between effort and ease both on and off the mat. Eating a salad the size of my head followed by a massive sundae. It’s all about balance people.