What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?
I went to my first yoga class simply to explore something new and to aid in my physical fitness. Since then, it has grown to mean much, much, much more to me. In the first few months of a once-per-week practice, I always left class feeling grounded, centered, stronger in mind, body and spirit, and with a general feeling of peace and wellness. The days I went to yoga class were always good days. I soon was hooked. I wanted to learn more. My once-per-week class became an almost-daily class. And eventually, a seed was planted for the possibility of me teaching yoga. My gut said “Yes!”. Through practicing yoga (then and now) I feel more mindful, more conscious and compassionate, centered and balanced, more limber in body and mind, empowered, less fearful and more confident. I live with more intention and presence both on and off my mat. I feel connected to something greater, connected to community, more connected to myself, and able to put a more authentic expression of myself into the world.
Teaching Style and Classes Taught:
I teach a strong and steady Vinyasa flow class. My classes are an exploration into self-discovery with a focus on alignment, breath awareness, and ‘being here now’. I am deeply committed to holding a space for people to explore their own truths, grow and heal through physical practice, meditation and pranayama (breathwork). And, some laughter!
What you love about teaching at SGY
I love the community! SGY feels like coming home. Jess and all of the teachers at SGY are committed to creating a welcoming, all-inclusive, come as you are atmosphere and it’s truly a joy to be a part of. I’m honored to share this time and space with you all and look forward to seeing you on the mat and/or around the studio!
Words of Wisdom/Inspirational Quote
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?