Over the years that I have been teaching I often get asked the same questions about my early carreer. So, I interviewed myself for you and share my responses here. I seriously never imagined I would be a full time yoga teacher when I grew up. I did not know anyone who practiced yoga, until I started seeking relief from my injuries sustained as a competitive figure skater. My family called it “yogurt,” when I first started talking about my yoga practice. In early 2000’s, there weren’t many yoga studios around and as the practice started to gain popularity and momentum many of us were looking around wondering if yoga would just be a “fad” like Tae-bo. Lucky for me, yoga is here to stay.
What is your favorite pose(s)?
Restorative ChIld’s Pose on a bolster & Handstand
How did you start teaching yoga?
I fractured my L3,L4,L5 vertebrae training as a competitive figure skater. I landed on my mat hot, barefoot, and sad but eventually yoga helped me feel connected to my body in a fluid way, like skating. Yoga came naturally to me then, and the owners of the studio I was practicing at were going to India. They asked me to cover their classes. I was 20 years old working at Starbucks, so I quit my coffee job and instead of opening up Starbucks at 5:30am I was opening the studio for Mysore.
Who has been your most influential teacher?
My friend, mentor Shiva Rea. In my bodywork training Giorgia Miline has deeply influenced me.
What is your favorite chant?
The Hanuman Chalisa.
What did you study in college?
Neuroscience and English Literature.