Thanks for visiting my site! I'm a New York City based yoga teacher, clinical massage therapist and functional anatomy educator. Over the past twenty years I've taught at many of the major yoga studios and gyms in Manhattan, created a unique style of yoga (Zenyasa®), run a boutique yoga and bodywork studio (Zenyasa Yoga & Wellness Studio) and created a series of extended continuing education courses for yoga teachers and movement professionals (Functional Anatomy Academy).
Zenyasa® is a unique style of yoga that incorporates practices found in traditional and contemporary yoga, Zen Buddhism and functional mobility and resistance training. Instruction is currently available for individuals and small groups by appointment. I also occasionally offer workshop series and retreats, so be sure to join my mailing list to stay in the loop.
Each 75-minute session includes:
- Opening the Gates: a comprehensive joint warming routine
- Grasshopper Vinyasa: a simple flowing sequence performed from a standing position that will help increase mobility and flexibility, as well as deepen the connection between mind, body and breath
- Standing Poses & Interludes: linked standing pose sequences interspersed with core-strengthening exercises performed on all fours to develop functional strength, flexibility and balance in the lower body, upper body and core
- Deep Relaxation: a 5-8 minute restorative rest position meant to help relax the physical body and reduce mental stress
- Mindfulness Meditation: a 5-minute meditation on the body, the conditions that comprise the present moment, the breath, and the wandering mind
I've been a licensed massage therapist in private practice since 2006. I received my initial training at the Swedish Institute, which at over 1,200 contact hours is one of the most comprehensive trainings in the United States. I've acquired additional certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy and Prenatal/Postpartum Massage, and am currently working toward certification as a Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapist. With my background in yoga and resistance training, I also like to offer suggestions for exercise and self-care outside of the sessions to help bring your body back into balance and/or speed up the recovery process following injury.
- Integrative Bodywork: a full-body treatment that includes a variety of different techniques depending upon your unique needs and goals. We'll spend a few minutes checking in at the beginning of each session, and then get right to work. I usually vary the pressure depending upon the technique I'm using, but can increase or decrease the depth to suit your comfort level. This is a great option for those seeking stress reduction, alleviation of muscle fatigue, elimination of minor aches and pains, increased range of motion and overall health and well-being.
- Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT): an advanced form of trigger point therapy designed to address specific injuries, pain syndromes and/or musculoskeletal imbalances. As many myofascial pain syndromes are hard-wired in the nervous system, one treatment usually isn't enough for long term relief. For NMT to be most effective, I usually recommend that clients purchase a package of sessions for a reduced fee, and then come in more frequently for a few weeks (e.g., twice per week) and then gradually reduce the frequency as your condition improves (e.g., weekly and eventually bi-monthly). There is no need to purchase a package before your first visit - just schedule a single session and we can discuss options and recommended frequency afterwards.
- Prenatal Massage: a full body massage designed specifically for the unique needs of expecting mothers; for those past the first trimester the prone position is avoided and extra pillows are used for support in side-lying and supine positions
I'm a self-professed anatomy geek and love teaching musculoskeletal anatomy to yoga teachers and other movement professionals. I've taught anatomy for many yoga teacher training programs around New York City and abroad, am currently the primary anatomy teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute, and am the founder of the Functional Anatomy Academy - offering workshops, intensives and online courses for movement professionals seeking an in-depth education in functional anatomy, biomechanics and common sports-related injuries.