Yoga found me eight years ago, wrapped it's arms around me, cradled and held me. On my mat is where I found freedom, and it is where peace found me. My mat has witnessed all my states, and still accepted me. Through grief, through mourning, through all my confusion, pain, the highs, the lows and all the in-betweens.
In my practice, I found the space to express what I was feeling, I was finally able to face myself. I learned to lean into the resistance, the discomfort and to surrender. I learned to show up, no matter what. Yoga means union, and I finally reunited with myself.
Over time I realized that the practice is a reflection of life, and that ease and grace I have on my mat, I could apply to day to day moments. I learned to breathe through the intensity and soften. For me Yoga is no longer about the postures and what it looks like, it is about the person I am off off my mat. It is aligning with something and living with integrity and with intention. Yoga has allowed me to listen, to heal, to unlearn so much of what I was told and has made me realize that we are in a constant state of growth and evolution. In all the breakdowns, in all this impermanence is where the beauty lies. Yoga saved my life and has allowed me to unapologetically be my authentic self.
After completing my 200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training at Happy Tree Yoga, my heart was cracked open and I've been teaching ever since. I've also completed a 40 Hour Yin Teacher Training at Happy Tree. The Yin practice taught me so much about patience and learning to simply let go. It was while photographing the She Recovers NYC event back in May 2017, that I realized I had never acknowledged or even considered myself having had an addiction to prescription medication over a decade before. I had been using alcohol to numb and to escape all the pain and hurt I carried. I had never realized any of this. And so, my work begins now. The healing has just now started, over 10 years later...I have since completed The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) with Nikki Myers and am a Certified Leader. Whether you are in recovery or have been affected by someone due to an addiction (to any substance ie: alcohol, drugs, sex, food, co-dependancy, the list goes on...) these meetings/classes are held for you. I am still exploring and learning about my own addiction and wanted to hold a safe space for others to be able to share their stories and know that they are not alone.
My intention is offer affordable yoga to every body, to create community and bring people together, to offer a space for healing and self-expression and a place where you can simply be yourself, no matter what state you show up in. I am so honoured to share the practice with you and look forward to meeting you on the mat.
Saturday 2:30-4:15PM Deep Grounding
Deep Grounding. A slow and deep grounding Hatha practice where we explore the asanas through breath. Softening through the resistance of the mind and the body, we meet ourselves with patience, creativity and intention. We then land on the mat through seated Yin postures and go deeper through stillness of the body and the breath, reconnecting with our true self. The result of combining Hatha and Yin? A sweet and delicious practice that will leave you feeling more grounded, smiling and completely blissed out. A specially curated soundtrack including DJ Drez, Mc Yogi, Janet Stone and a few more of my favs.
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