It was in 2003, after 18 months of deep sadness, lost and confusion from the lost of John, my husband on 9/11/01, I felt from deep within to begin yoga. I questioned that thought of doing yoga, I was not the type to slow down. I worked in the corporate world, exercised vigorously, partied in the city and repeated it daily. My intention for yoga was not for any physical benefit. It was spiritual.
Who was I? - now that I was no longer part of a couple?
Where was I going? - since all my plans for the future were destroyed in a New York City minute.
And Why was I here? - knowing it could not be to continue working in a meaningless corporate job.
In Brooklyn, with my first yoga teacher, Vivekan, and his compassionate guidance, I found help with my grief, devastation, solitude, and sadness. I was drawn back to the mat daily. My heart began to open slowly and the healing process launched.
I attended my first 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2006 to deepen my practice and continue to grow as a person. Still, the thought of standing in a room in front of strangers did not appeal to me. However, once I began to teach, I knew my passion was to share this magical, sacred practice with those who also envisioned a fulfilled life. I currently teach classes, workshops, yoga teacher trainings and work with individuals privately in my home studio. My teaching has expanded to other studios, corporate offices, grief and cancer support groups. Additionally, I share my love of cooking whole, natural, simple and delicious food by offering guidance and recipes to my students.
I began studying with Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri, founders of Purna Yoga, in 2008 in which I received a 200-hour, 500-hour, 2,000 hour and yoga therapist certifications. My studies continue with them to this day.
My teaching style emphasizes alignment-based postures and the use of props to allow each student to experience each pose while cultivating awareness within the heart. Questions from students are welcomed in all my classes. My love and passion for yoga shines through in the safe, fun and lively atmosphere I establish in my classes. You will feel the benefits I first felt after a class, peacefulness, clarity and sense to continue forward in life, knowing life can get better and you can feel alive.