a chakra-fied résumé

muladhara: i am patient. 

As a lifelong wayfarer, I have always found roots within through the practice of yoga and I teach from the ground up.  I begin with foundation, a connectedness to something familiar, so that whatever is happening on the mat has a stable base to expand from. My mission is to create a container for healing and self-study through movement.

svadhisthana: i am playful. 

Yoga is a sandbox for grown ups - we get to explore and dissolve the rules.  We discover new ways of self expression and self acceptance through movement.  My purpose for teaching is to elevate on a cellular level, stirring up creative energy that ripples long after the asana practice.  This vibration is what has kept me coming back to the practice and I am inspired to help others discover the same.  

manipura: i am courageous. 

The best decisions I have ever made have been those that hit me in the solar plexus.  They ignite my fear center and give me the opportunity to say, “why not?” They are the decisions that direct my efforts toward a greater soul purpose in service. I find peace in the energy of change and when operating from possibility, the time to say YES is NOW.

anahata: i am committed. 

One of my favorite interpretations of yoga sutra 1.2 is from Nischala Joy Devi and reads, “Yoga is the uniting of consciousness in the heart.”  This is where I feel myself come alive.  When I am excited, I feel it in my chest.  This is the place that allows me to say yes and commit to what I believe in. 

visshudha: i am aligned. 

When my head and heart are in accord, truthful expression comes naturally.  The alignment of mental and emotional energy gives me access to clear language and allows me to communicate without the fear of being misunderstood.  Whether in a conversation with my partner or dharma talk in class, positive self-expression originates in the space between my head and my heart.

ajna: i am thoughtful. 

I was taught by Elizabeth Rossa that madhya can be used to describe the pause after the inhale, before the exhale begins.  It’s the moment after the stimulus, but before the response.   T.S. Eliot calls this space a dance and suggests that it is all there is.  Madhya is my strong suit, I use this space to reflect and I put a tremendous amount of thought into everything I do.

sahasrara: i evolve.

Osho suggests that happy people change, which allows them to be happier, which then facilitates more change.   What he is describing, for me, is evolution.   I am committed to this process in my own yoga.  I study, to nourish my body, mind and soul.  I practice, to facilitate growth and discovery.  And I teach, so that I may be a light on the path for others.