They say the teacher appears when the student is ready. My teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life appeared to me at the perfect time. Founders of the Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City, they opened up a new world for me.
I started going to yoga class 5 or 6 days a week. Each class I shed who I thought I was. My body changed. It became stronger and I became more at ease.
It is my profound joy and calling to pass these profound yoga teachings on to others.
I went on to to receive my teacher certification from Yoga Works, my trauma-informed yoga certification with Liberation Prison Yoga, studied meditation at the Shambhala Center with Ethan Nichtern and John Baker and I have continued to study with my teachers Sharon and David for over 17 years. I have also studied with Rima Rabbath, Monica Jaggi and draw inspiration from Iyengar yoga.
Recently, I have been drawn to the method of Katonah Yoga, studying with Abby Galvin at The Studio in New York City.
I have been an avid student of therapeutic yoga for over 10 years and draw upon the work of pioneers Deborah Bagg, Dr. Gabor Maté, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Bill Forbes, and Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD., and have attended numerous yoga retreats with Jivamukti and multiple classes and immersions at Andanda and Sivananda Ashram.
I am also an actress, writer, and producer. I started the non-profit theater company, Ohm Productions, as a way for artists to come together to create theater in a mindful way. We aim to celebrate diverse voices.
I am also the founder of the Nursing Home Card Project, an organization which aims to alleviate the loneliness that people living in nursing homes face by the act of sending a simple card. The Nursing Home Card Project has sponsored 15 different nursing homes around the United States the UK, Italy, Scotland, Australia, and Korea. If you would like to learn more or send a card, please visit https://caringbycard.com/. I was named New Yorker of the Week by NY1 News.
Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu
May all Beings Everywhere be Happy and Free.
In wishing others happiness and uplifting all beings, we too become happy.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
- T.S. Eliot