Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in New England, spent 10 years going to school and living in Boston, 15 years living and working in New York City, and 9 years living and teaching in Savannah.
How long have you lived in Chattanooga?
I JUST arrived a week ago and I am excited to meet the community, explore the city, and reconnect with the mountains and nature!
Tell us about your childhood:
I grew up on a dairy farm and spent the summers on the beaches of Maine, exploring the 27 acres of woods surrounding our summer camp house, and swimming in the river. I was always surrounded by nature – woods, streams, lakes, animals, trails, trees, ocean, tide pools – and it was all I needed to feel connected, joyful, and fearless. I was extremely active in sports, playing softball for 9 years and cheerleading for 4 years; but my favorite activity was reading – anything and everything I could get my hands on!
Do you have a nick name?
Not that I know of! 😉
When were you introduced to Yoga?
18 years ago in New York City – a class at a local gym.
How do yoga and the community play a role in your life?
They both play the most important role in my life. I teach yoga full time: public classes, private clients, mentorships, workshops, trainings, and retreats. I believe the philosophy and practice of yoga inherently CREATES community, within ourselves and with others. It is my personal underlying belief system, one that I practice and live every day. It is my great honor to be able to guide and lead others to a return to themselves and their greatest potential, so they are able to be fully present and active in their own lives, the lives of their family, AND the local and global community we all share.
What pose do you love the most and why?
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose): I love and adore working with postures that address the hips and sacral area. For physical, emotional AND psychological reasons. In today’s society, sitting is the new smoking, and we ALL need to offer some attention and healing to this area of our body to strengthen, release, and reset habits and patterns in the body that are wreaking havoc with our physical health. It is also the area of our body where we hold fear, trauma and emotions, another area our society needs to offer attention and healing. Being able to access, recognize, acknowledge, accept, and forgive those parts of ourselves that we ignore, repress, or bury away is critical to our own and the collective’s health and well-being.
(Also: any Standing Balance postures!!)
What is your favorite quote?
This is tough because I am a collector of “favorite quotes” and have journals FILLED with them! But the one that comes to mind most frequently, and sums up my philosophy around my teaching and my life:
“Don’t allow your wounds to transform you into someone you’re not.” ~ Paulo Coelho