What led you to become a yoga instructor?
At the end of my 25th year, I was spending a lot of time on my mat. I was unhappy in a lot of areas of life, but also actively making changes towards improving for the first time I could ever recall. I had been interviewing for my “dream job”, and bombed in the home stretch; as I laid in Savasana bawling my eyes out, I realized that yoga was the one area of my life that made me feel ALIVE, and I needed more of it. I decided on a 200-hr training in Costa Rica mainly to deepen my practice, and wasn’t sure I’d ever teach, but after about six months back in Baltimore, my real “dream job” started showing up everywhere in my life… And here I am.
What yoga posture challenges you the most right now?
Handstand! After some recent body testing in an advanced training, I’ve learned that my shoulders have crazy over rotation, and that handstand just isn’t a pose that my body was naturally designed to be good at. I was overjoyed when I heard the news, and feel even more devoted to continuing to work on my handstand practice so that one day, I will be able to teach to students who have similar alignment challenges!
What is your favorite thing about teaching?
The creation, on a cellular & energetic level, that happens every time you clear your slate and let a class be what it needs to be – for you, for your students- YES, the energy that can happen when there is a group of people all flowing together is a magical thing!!!
Where would you most like to travel, and why?
Italy. In college, I studied Italian for 2 semesters, but then was unable to go abroad. I am usually drawn to beaches, so I dream of someday submerging myself into the complete opposite, getting out of my comfort zone, and becoming one with la dolce vita.
Outside of teaching, what do you like to do for fun?
ANYTHING outdoors. Hiking. SUP. November Project. Lately, I’ve been running more frequently and have done a few half marathons. Meditating. Pondering life. Traveling as often as my bank account lets me. Dancing underneath the stars. Long walks on the beach. (…But really, I do love those things!)
What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
Ooh, gosh. Here it goes: I am a SUPER anxious person. I’m talking overcome with fear some days! But I yoga. I journal. I meditate. I work out. I remind myself that those thoughts are not REAL, but that this moment IS. People don’t see me as an anxious person (most days) because I put in the work to be someone bigger than my anxiety. And (most days), I am.