My practice began after a combination of injury and loss that left me feeling stuck and without direction. Since then yoga has become far more than asana, the physical practice, to me. It brought me home, taught me my boundaries and value, and gave me back my courage, curiosity and joy. It allowed me the
space to find and transform into a higher version of myself.
I am a registered E-RYT200, RYT500 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance International. I am additionally a Level 1 Integrative Restoration Teacher and certified as a Brain Longevity Specialist. Using all of these tools I provide my clients with a deeply personal and holistic approach to finding their fullest path. I lead retreats and workshops internationally, and take private clients in-person or remote.
An RYT 500 has completed an advanced training course accredited by Yoga Alliance. My
certification is in traditional and modern lineages with emphasis in classical philosophy,
anatomy, physiology completed under lead teachers Atmarekha Indrajit Dey, Alonso Aguillar and Brett Larkin.
Teachers registered as an E- RYT 200 have completed a 200-hour YTT, have taught a minimum of two years post certification and registered 1,000 teaching hours. An E- RYT 200 is able to provide continuing education workshops and can be a Lead Trainer of a 200-hour teacher training for a RYS 200.
YA designation to provide continuing education for
teachers using standards that set the ethical and educational framework to ensure high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga teaching in communities around the world.
A research-based program on integrative medicine using neuroscience, yoga and the impact meditation has on long-term brain health.
In the oldest bases of yogic knowledge asana is defined as the seated posture, used for meditation. The term is now used to refer to any physical yoga posture, found in all styles and lineages of practice. Through my teachers I have come to seek a balance in my own practice and with that of my students, and also encourage us all to consider what type of asana practice can truly benefit our physical bodies. Asana postures help to increase flexibility and strength, while stimulating physiological systems of the body, such as the circulatory, immune, digestive and nervous systems. That type of benefit can come equally through practicing the first level of a posture or its complete expression. I utilize technique from diverse lineages including Hatha, Ashtanga, Dharma and Tripsichore.
My teaching style is rooted in training from Raja and Classical Tantra and students are encouraged to explore their breath and inner landscape before accessing different variations of a shape. Emphasis is placed on integrating Patanjali's teachings, and on being gentle to our physical bodies and holding gratitude for what it can offer us today. It is my hope to instill the same joy I find in my physical practice, which for me comes from understanding and acknowledging my body at its most delicate and subtle level. It is a space where breath becomes electricity and movement becomes intuitive.
Yin is a slower-paced, more meditative version of the popular physical discipline of yoga asana. It is a quiet contemplative practice working deeply into our body with passive, longer-held poses. It targets the deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues – ligaments, joints, bones, the deep fascia networks of the body and the meridians. This is in contrast to a practice such as Vinyasa which targets the muscles. The roots of yin lie in Chinese medicine, unlike active yoga disciplines, which originated in India. It was founded on the Taoist theory of yin and yang – opposite concepts that, together, represent balance. Yin is stable and passive, while yang is changing and active. Energetically, Yin yoga improves the energy flow, enhancing the flow of chi in the organs. To be healthy, we need healthy organs as well as healthy muscles. Yin yoga also offers wonderful emotional and mental health benefits.
Yin has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues. While initially this style of yoga can seem quite passive or soft, yin practice can be the most challenging for some due to the long duration of the poses and the need to take attention deeply inside oneself. It also has the tendency to cause strong emotional reactions both during and after the practice.
Integrative Restoration (iRest) has combined an ancient meditation-based form of healing with Western psychology and neuroscience. When practiced regularly - little and often - iRest is shown to produce healthy changes to the structure of the brain, stimulating new neurological connections and tissue repair, and providing skills for changing negative emotions and thoughts into positive ones.
The teachings of non-duality underlie the practice of iRest. Comprised of ten steps, iRest is one part of a larger 38-stage process of meditation, which is derived from the ancient teachings of non-dualism as found in Kashmir Shaivism. Shaivism incorporates the word ‘Siva’, which, in this case, refers to a person who has realized Essential Nature (Si = awake; Va = true nature).
Yoga Nidra can be practiced by anyone. It is highly beneficial and holds great healing power for anyone who wants to experience a deeper sense of peace and re-connect more profoundly with themselves. But there are particular and immense benefits for addressing:
BRAIN LONGEVITY THERAPY
Worldwide an estimated at least 50 million people are suffering some form of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with the most susceptible age group being the fast growing part of the population. Dementia is a loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, reasoning, remembering—and behavioral abilities that interferes with a person’s normal daily life. Around the globe, someone is diagnosed every 30 seconds and women are statistically much more likely to develop AD than men—a woman’s estimated lifetime risk is one in 6, while a
man’s is one in 11.
Brain Longevity Therapy is a research based program developed through the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (ARPF), a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Over decades, ARPF has conducted research at leading medical schools to prove a theory that there are things that can be done, using a lifestyle approach not drugs, to help stop early
memory loss from progressing to Alzheimer’s disease.
Lifestyle interventions are focused on four main areas- physical exercise, nutrition, cognitive training and management of metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors. This approach provides practical tools to implement into your daily
life and improve your resilience.