RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance
CPR/First Aid Certified
Initally, having only dabbled here and there, I embarked on a more consistent yoga practice, while exploring ways to heal and rebuild from a dance injury. I soon found that the benefits extended well beyond the physical as I became more aware of connections between the body, breath, and mind. I also learned to approach the possibilities and appreciate the limits of the physical body from a different perspective.
A Chicago native, I somewhat recently relocated to Los Angeles where I am so fortunate to live in an area with high walkability, continue to grow and share my practice, and find inspiration in both teachers and students alike.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY & PRACTICE STYLE:
With a teaching background that recognizes (and emphasizes) the unique needs, strengths, and challenges of each student, I work to create an encouraging class environment - one in which students are emboldened to be authentic, feel safe to explore possibilities, expand their practice, and celebrate themselves and their bodies in the moment.
My favorite group classes to teach are typically a dynamic, playful, alignment-based and anatomy-aware flow - inspired by several traditions -, but I really just love teaching yoga and sharing with others. I enjoy exploring different connections between asanas, remaining mindful and aware of biomechanics and anatomical safety, while emphasizing body/mind/breath awareness and, of course, ahimsa.
Speak Italian fluently... love how the L.A.-area terrain reminds me of Italy... make visual art & design websites... run a Vegan recipe blog... can make a pretty sweet Vegan meal from whatever I find in the fridge/pantry... miss a lot more about Chicago than I thought I would.
Sincere gratitude to my teachers:
Wade Gotwals, Rich Logan, Tatiana Sanchez, Gabriel Halpern, Hagar Harpak, Lauren Parets.