As a yoga teacher, I aim to blend spirituality with playfulness and emphasize body awareness to promote alignment and balance. In vinyasa classes, I choreograph long and unusual sequences. In hatha classes, I invite philosophy into asana. I have been practicing yoga regularly for over 15 years and began teaching yoga in 2009.
I am deeply grateful to so many inspirational teachers from different traditions. I completed yoga teacher trainings at Sankalpah in New York with Isaac Pena, Mary Dana Abbott, and Jude English as well as at Rishikesh Yog Peeth in India with Krishna Sikhwal and Roshan Singh. My studies have also taken me through pre-natal yoga teacher training (in New York), a variety of studies and trainings in Thai bodywork (in New York, Laos, and Thailand), and Buddhist meditation (primarily in India). I am Yoga Alliance E-RYT-200, RYT-500 Certified.
I have performed and taught flow and circus arts since 2006, particularly hoop, flag, and fire dancing. I prefer treating my tools as dance partners instead of getting mired in technical spinning, and love it when students and audience are enthusiastic to play with me. Several years ago, I co-created Hoop Vinyasa, in which we use hula hoops as tools to expand and deepen our yoga practice.
During business hours, I focus on fundraising and marketing for nonprofit organizations. Currently the Vice President of Account and Strategic Services for Sanky Communications, I have over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector including work at a range of nonprofits. My background spans digital fundraising, integrated direct marketing, website strategy, bridge and major gifts fundraising, special events, and media relations. I have spoken at various nonprofit professional conferences, including NTC, DMA, DMFA, and AFP events. I hold an M.A. in Political Science from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Environmental Science and B.A. in English from Muhlenberg College.