Born and raised in Albany, NY by a lineage of school teachers – I came to yoga after years of self-destructive behavior, partying and heading down the wrong path in the fast lane. I stumbled into a yoga class at a gym attempting to “change my life,” and something just clicked with me there. I continued my practice for a couple years at the gym and local studios until I stumbled upon a teacher that brought me to tears every single class. Something was moving, shifting inside of me. I was going through some big changes in my life and yoga became my form of medicine and healing. After sticking with that teacher (thanks Elex for the years of crying savasanas) for a number of years, one day in class as we were prompted to set our intention, I knew I wanted to share this gift that was given to me through the ever-marvelous practice of yoga. I pursued my first yoga teacher training and was lucky to be able to teach for a while at some wonderful local studios. I soon after pursued a second teacher training, sprinkled with inspiring workshops and continuing education opportunities with master teachers nationally over the years. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with such wonderful teachers and numerous students that have opened my eyes to the intricacies and magic of this practice and encouraged me to continue expand my studies and stay ever inspired (and mesmerized!). Eventually along the way my husband and I decided it was time to embark on opening our own studio, Jai and the rest is history! One of my passions has always been building community and I am now able to nourish a community that is so special and important to me, my own journey, and with the hand of Divine Grace, the Capital Region at large.
My two awesome kids Judah and Sage and hubby keep me humbled and going. I am so lucky to love what I do! When I teach yoga I fell inspired to serve and lead. I love to share lessons I’ve learned through my own challenges to shine even a little bit of light on my students’ paths. I am a big yoga nerd and take my studies seriously. It keeps everything super exciting and I love to share what I am learning.
My classes are grounding but also fun and exploratory. I currently study evidence-based yoga and movement and we have fun in class building strength and experimenting with new and different modalities and taking mini yoga “detours.” In my strong classes I like to build heat and deliberately work up to something fun. In gentle we also build strength through mindful experiential movement (but sometimes just get super freakin’ gentle and stay on the floor the whole time). I always weave a heart of Bhakti yoga (yoga of devotion) through all of my classes. I try to bring something to the table – “food for thought” – that may give students an opportunity to expand their practices beyond their sticky mat.
Thank you to my family, my teachers (Cheryl, Elex, Jennilee, Sondra, Raghu, Bryn, Carrie, etc.) and this rock star community for supporting this ever-awe-inspiring journey and my continuous studies of the multi-faceted humanness that we all embody. See you on your mat.