“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” - Patanjali
Why I Practice
In yoga, the physical practice drew me in first, as it does for most; my spiritual practice was born as a result. I thrive on the physicality of a blood-pumping challenge; sweating keeps me sane and grounded in my body and balances out my highly analytical and overly critical mind. While my time at the World Bank and State Department fed a desire for empowerment and self belief, and several years of living and working in poor communities throughout Latin America showed me the value of individual connection, it was the yoga practice that ultimately brought me home to Self.
Why I Teach
I am a beginner. Always a student. And what a better way to really learn about a subject than to teach it. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says to Arjuna, "Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires... Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind.” As a former economist who specialized in poverty reduction and social inclusion efforts and as someone who holds empowerment and connection as guiding principles, this teaching bridged the gap in worlds for me. My classes are rooted in gratitude – to Self, to others, and to all teachers, in whatever form they appear. I strive to teach students to cultivate their own practice of Bhakti (love and devotion) in a way that feels authentic to them; to practice ahimsa and santosha, meaning compassion and fulfillment, wherever they are in life; to embrace change and breathe through uncomfortable moments; and to use yoga as a tool to explore possibility, to seek out our edges, to unleash our potential and allow for some freedom to play.