Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Private instruction available
My story starts almost twenty years ago and covers a landscape both internal and external. The path to teaching, for some, starts shortly after the discovery of the power of the asanas (the yoga postures). For others, like me, it takes many years of thorough exploration of the self and the various branches of yoga before the call to teach is heard.
My first yogic experience took place in 1993 in San Francisco. The corporate offices of Esprit de Corp where I worked offered free lunch time yoga classes to combat work related stress. The teacher of that class was what I’d call a drill sergeant. However, when I went to her classes, I definitely found myself more relaxed afterward and figured there must be something to this yoga stuff. I joined a small yoga studio in 1995 located in a dusty warehouse walk-up in the Financial District and started regular classes. I was fortunate because San Francisco was an epicenter of what would become the phenomenon of yoga popularity in the West. I had access to some wonderful teachers like Larry Schultz, Jamie Lindsay, Jonathan Reynolds, and many more early on. These amazing pioneers lead me to deepen my practice over the next 10 years.
In 2004 I founded Yoga Mob, a donation based yoga organization with a punk rock/anarchist flair that matched willing yoga teachers with donated spaces. Admission to a Yoga Mob class was a sliding scale donation – free if you didn’t have any money. The idea was to bring yoga to people who wouldn’t normally have access – low income, struggling artists, single mothers, etc. Yoga Mob was a huge success. We filled warehouses, community centers, parks, you name it with students discovering yoga. Articles about Yoga Mob ran locally in the San Francisco Weekly and the SF Gate as well as in papers across the United States. Yoga Journal and Yogi Times donated props and wrote about our good works. At the time I was happier practicing and promoting yoga than I was teaching it. In 2007 my other business, a nightclub, and my marriage to my first husband failed and I left San Francisco for the Caribbean. Since the birth of my first son a year and a half year ago many things about me have changed and I find myself wanting to teach.
My higher reason for seeking to advance my understanding of yoga is a spiritual one. I have experienced, perhaps only glimpsed, what the cultivation of detachment, mindfulness, discrimination, compassion, and unity can reveal. The sense of ease, control, generosity, and contentment I have experienced is awesome. (In the true sense of “awesome”. Perhaps in the slang sense too.) As I progress, this radiant oneness seems to be aligned with what all beings truly want. The method of yoga plainly works to align one with this universal purpose. I seek to share yoga with those who are ready to receive it.
My practice leads me to greater and greater creativity. Through asana, music, meditation, and lifestyle I hope to share my vision and my peace with everyone I encounter.