MY EVOLVING STORY
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. - Buddhist proverb
I was introduced to yoga while visiting my sister in San Francisco in July 2001. Upon returning to Boston, I fell in love with yoga and learned firsthand its many gifts beginning with becoming aware of my own anxieties of the future. I was hooked on the physical practice enjoying its waves of challenge and rest, and devoured books on yoga philosophy & thinkers like Krishnamurti. Instead of completing a graduate degree, I decided in 2003 to follow the path of yoga because I believe that sharing and teaching yoga provide an opportunity for balance, greater depth, and creativity.
Follow your bliss. - Joseph Campbell
I have been studying with Shiva Rea since March 2005 and have been assisting at her retreats and teacher trainings since November 2006. In addition, I serve as a mentor in the Samudra - Global School for Living Yoga. Shiva's Prana Vinyasa yoga system resonates with me because it emphasizes the breath, is rooted in the arts and traditions of yoga and ayurveda, and incorporates creative movement and music to facilitate liberation.
I completed my first teacher training with Baron Baptiste and was an assistant at his Cambridge, MA Studio from February 2004 to May 2005. I am grateful to Baron who encouraged me to teach yoga.
To deepen my understanding of the yoga tradition and experience the liberative qualities of meditation, from September 2008 to September 2009, I attended Paul Muller-Ortega's "Entering the Heart of Shiva" 12-month program of study and practice in Neelakantha Meditation which is rooted in Hindu Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism. Neelakantha Meditation continues to be part of my practice and evolution. I continue to study with Paul Muller-Ortega through his teleseminar series on the "Shiva Sutras."
Truth is One; paths are many. - Swami Satchidananda
I believe that you can learn something from everyone, and honor the many paths of knowledge and wisdom. Other influential teachers with whom I have studied are: Barbara Benagh, Ana Forrest, and Patricia Walden.
In addition to teaching yoga, I work in the Boston Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a project manager working on the investigation and clean-up of contaminated sites. I view my work at the EPA and in yoga to be similar in the sense that both vocations involve healing and balance.
PRANA VINYASA YOGA
Prana Vinyasa is an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga cultivated by Shiva Rea and the Global Vinyasa Collective of Teachers. Students of all levels are empowered to experience prana - the universal source of breath, life-energy and conscious intelligence - as the navigating source of yoga practice and vital living. Practitioners learn classical and innovative approaches to vinyasa yoga and the state of flow drawn from Krishnamacharya's teachings, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Somatics and Shiva's teaching experience from the last twenty years.
Prana Vinyasa is also:
-an evolutionary method of embodied transformation and radiant health
-cultivating inner and outer
-strength and fluidity
-skill and intuition
-vital energy and relaxed being
-activation and receptivity
-through balanced and creative fliud sequences (vinyasas)
-a catalyst for transforming old patterns and paradigms of the body, self, and the world to discover the potency and creativity within
-a way of liberating the natural flow of the spontaneous intelligence
-a cultivation of the art of yoga including movement, music, sound, visual arts and poetry to deepen the flow
-a way to ride the waves of breath, change, and life rhythms living, loving, serving life in all forms