I am an RYT-500 Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor living in Swampscott, Mass. I teach traditional yoga, chair yoga, and therapeutic yoga for the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, and addictive behaviors. My mission is to create a safe and welcoming space for anyone, in any body, to feel and move their body....without judgment.
I discovered yoga after falling into an unhealthy lifestyle consisting of disordered eating, inactivity, depression, and a complete disconnect from my body. Yoga helped me to heal and strengthen my body, soothe my soul, and ignite my spirit. At the time, I was a teacher of ESL (English as a Second Language), and eventually I decided to combine my love of teaching with my passion for yoga. I enrolled in a residential teacher training, where I shared a house with 25 other teachers-in-training; studying, practicing, and immersing myself in the teachings of yoga. After completion, I received my RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Certification. It was a life-changing experience for me and I dove headfirst into my new role as a yoga teacher. A few years later, I completed my Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification (500 hour) in Kerala India.
Over the years, there has been a distinct shift in my role as a yoga teacher. Yoga has become more about connecting to the feelings and sensations of the body (rather than merely focusing on the poses) and the healing that comes with that. It's about acceptance of the body, just as it is, regardless of size, age, or physical limitations. My teaching style, at this point, is a unique blend of beautiful techniques and viewpoints from many different schools of thought, trainings and mentorships. It is with tremendous gratitude for my teachers along the way who allowed me to "find my voice" as a teacher. This includes: Matthew Sanford, for his groundbreaking work with adaptive yoga, Chelsea Roff, a leader in the field of yoga for disordered eating, Nikki Myers, for her powerful work integrating yoga for addiction and recovery, Dr. Melody Moore, founder of Embody Love Movement, a program that empowers girls and women of all ages to celebrate their inner beauty. And most recently, Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, whose body-inclusive method of yoga is shifting the way people of all sizes teach and practice yoga. I am honored to be sharing the knowledge of these visionaries who are doing incredible work in the yoga community.