My yoga classes aim to awaken inner resources for personal healing and to bring students into alignment with their full potential to thrive both on and off the mat. I balance precise asana instruction and alignment with intention, breath, flow, meditation, and music in classes carefully themed to deepen the student's understanding of yoga.
My classes are infused with love! I focus on the interconnection between mind, body, and spirit while guiding everyone to work at their own pace in a safe, playful, and transformative environment. I encourage students to cultivate authentic self-worth, experience presence in their entire being, and tread the path to higher consciousness.
Central to my teaching is a belief that the more people learn to be present to themselves, the more they are likely to become present to their communities and the greater world. My prayer and vision is that we all rise up and become the light and healing our world so dearly needs.
I received my 200 hour Certification from Center for Yoga in 2004, participated in the Work-scholar Program at Esalen Institute in 2006, and earned my B.A. from Naropa University in 2007. My Major was Traditional Eastern Arts with a 1,000 hour Yoga Teacher Training Concentration; my Minor was Somatic Psychology. In 2008 I graduated from The Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing with a 550 hour Massage Certification. That same year I lived at a wellness center in Auroville, India where I taught yoga and dance. In 2010 I received my professional training to practice Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I graduated from Sofia University in 2013 with my M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology and a Specialization in Transpersonal Life Coaching. In 2014 I produced a yoga DVD titled The Yoga of Food: A Whole Person Approach to Eating and in 2016 I produced a meditation CD titled Body Love, Soul Purpose. In 2017 I went on to co-found Body Love, Soul Purpose as a community organization with my good friend Rachel.
I currently practice and teach in Los Angeles and lead retreats worldwide. I love the LA beach community and live in El Segundo with my partner Josh.
This class will explore the theme of balancing opposites - both on the mat and in life: if you're having a difficult emotion, can you cultivate its opposite? Can you breathe lightness into the heaviness of the pose? Can you offer up what doesn't serve you and cultivate more of what does? Can you find the balance between effort and surrender, stability and openness, self-acceptance and a goal? Enjoy exploring these questions and many more throughout a challenging flow practice with plenty of standing poses, heart and hip opening, as well as arm balancing and inversions. Namaste!
In this flow class work on staying with a strong and calm center while being attuned to your body's wants and needs. Expect a feel-good warm up, sun salutations, a challenging standing sequence, time to work on arm balances and inversions, heart opening, hip opening and a gentle cool down. Enjoy a long savasana at the end!
This flow class includes a gentle warm up, a heat building standing sequence, arm balances, inversions, heart and hip opening and a gentle cool down. Approach your edge gently and consciously. Explore your limits and receive whatever is happening with an open heart and a clear mind. Let go of perfectionism and instead practice more gratitude and self-acceptance. Enjoy, yogis!
This practice focuses on healthy striving while letting go of perfectionism. As you flow through the class, listen to your body. The most challenging option is not necessarily better. What's best is offering love to yourself! Enjoy a challenging vinyasa practice that you can work at your own pace. Explore stability, explore feeling with the movement and staying centered as you move. Sun salutations, standing poses, heart and hip opening, inversions, and a cool down are all part of this class. Namaste!
This is a challenging one hour vinyasa flow class with an emphasis on strengthening self-acceptance and releasing perfectionism. We do want to refine our position in each asana so that prana moves through us clearly and with ease, and at the same time, we want to release the ideal of "perfection" and being at war with ourselves, both on and off the mat. Expect a gentle warm up, sun salutations, a warrior flow, balancing postures, inversions, as well as heart and hip opening. Offer love to yourself and enjoy!
This well rounded, one hour flow class focuses primarily on the breath. Connect with the breath as a tool for countering stress, relaxing tension in the body, quieting emotions, calming the mind, and cultivating more energy. Moment by moment, posture by posture, come back to the breath as an achor for your movement meditation. Expect a gentle warm up, dynamic standing poses, core work, arm balancing, inversions, heart and hip opening, and a gentle cool down. Enjoy, yogis!
The focus of this practice is how to meet the challenges we face both on and off the mat with dignity and poise. When faced with a challenge - what blessings are there? What does the difficult pose or life circumstance have to teach you? Our practice provides a wonderful opportunity to work on observing and overcoming our reactions and limitations. This class includes a gentle warm up, challenging flow sequence and meditative cool-down. Enjoy, yogis!
This class is focused around the theme of cultivating and celebrating your inner light. Can you find a sunshine quality within your own heart?! Enjoy a well rounded and challenging vinyasa flow with fun sequencing, options to modify, as well as time to practice arm balancing and inversions. Enjoy, yogis! ❤
This class is a fun, dynamic and vigorous flow with particular emphasis on self-care. Practice attuning to your body and moving in a way that feels nourishing. Stay invested in the present moment as you connect with the breath and explore what feels good for you. This practice offers a nice blend of spinal twists, standing poses, inversions, arm balancing, hip and heart opening as well as forward folds. Enjoy, yogis!
The theme of this class is Karuna, or compassion. Explore how to integrate compassion from the beginning to the end of your flow and even into the rest of your day! You can expect a warm up, sun salutations, standing balance poses, heart opening, arm balancing, inversions, and a calm cool down.
Enjoy, yogis! ❤