My interest in Eastern philosophy and human movement was piqued at an early age, the former by browsing through my hippy mom’s illustrated edition of the Bhagavad Gita and pocket edition of the Dhammapada, and the latter by watching break-dancing and Bruce Lee movies. I spent my free time during middle and high school popping, locking and moon-walking or practicing martial arts moves and self-defense techniques at the dojo. I didn’t discover yoga until I moved to New York City much later in life to pursue a career in acting, but it seemed like the perfect mix of those early influences and much more relaxing.
My early yoga journey included study with Kali Morse and Swami Ramananda at the Integral Yoga Institute, Cyndi Lee and others at OM Yoga Studio, and with Rodney Yee and Erich Schiffman in various workshops and intensive trainings. I appreciated Integral Yoga for it’s traditional approach and emphasis on yoga for stress reduction, OM Yoga for it’s more challenging physical practice and it’s equal emphasis on alignment and flow, Rodney for his precise verbal cues and anatomically-informed sequencing, and Erich for his jovial bigger-than-life spirit and emphasis on listening inwardly for guidance. I ended up teaching for several years at Integral Yoga and OM Yoga (where I was also on the teacher training faculty), as well as privately and at many of the gyms and fitness centers in New York, including NYSC, NYH&RC, Equinox and Reebok Sports Club.
A desire for a stronger education in anatomy eventually led me to the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy, which proved to be a life-changing decision as it not only added massage therapy to my list of professional offerings but a passion for studying and teaching anatomy. I am currently the primary anatomy teacher for the teacher training programs at the Integral Yoga Institute, have taught anatomy for several teacher training programs in New York and abroad, and am the creator of Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers, a comprehensive course of study geared toward working yoga teachers.
Following the encouragement of my students, I also chose to give a name to the relatively unique style of yoga that has evolved from my many and varied influences. Zenyasa® can be described as a slow-paced, moderately challenging but accessible flow practice that is relatively unique in its sequencing and approach to yoga asana. I taught Zenyasa® at Reebok Sports Club, Yoga Works, Pure Yoga, and most recently the Zenyasa Yoga & Wellness Studio, where I continue to offer private yoga, massage therapy and the ASFYT curriculum.