I grew up in Silver Spring, MD outside of DC. Outside of yoga, I love to travel, especially to the beach, and cook. I’ve improved my health, my yoga practice, and my life in general with plant-based foods and I enjoy sharing this message through writing, nutrition coaching, and teaching cooking classes.
How did you begin practicing yoga?:
I was exposed to yoga some growing up, but I started practicing in college for stress relief. Between schoolwork and enjoying going to school in New Orleans, I got to a point where it was so hard for me to calm down or focus my energy. Going to yoga even once a week was huge for reminding me how to ground and come back to myself.
What made you want to teach yoga?:
When I started doing yoga, I often felt out of control in my life. Yoga taught me how to take a step back and breathe so I could make decisions from a place of intention. Most important for me was learning to forgive + trust myself. I think a lot of people go through life being really hard on themselves and I want to show people that by breathing, moving, and connecting to the present it’s possible to release a lot of that negativity.
Describe your yoga classes. What makes the experience unique?:
I like my classes to have a balance of dynamic, physical movement along with gentle, restorative poses. The fiery, active parts of the class help burn through mental + physical tension so that you can find more stillness when it comes time to relax in meditation or gentle stretches.
Do you have a preferred type of yoga to teach/practice? Please elaborate.:
My classes + personal practice are typically Vinyasa style, but I love to incorporate elements of Kundalini yoga such as breath of fire, chanting, and contralateral movements. Known as “the yoga of awareness,” Kundalini always takes me to another place and helps me move through physical and mental blocks.
Who is your favorite Washington D.C. area yoga teacher?:
I did my teacher training with Mimi Rieger, and she is still my favorite teacher to go to. Her knowledge, strength, and grace are always inspiring and she has a beautiful way of instilling confidence that moves you past your perceived limitations.
What is your favorite outdoor Washington D.C. activity? Do you have a favorite hike or run?:
My absolute favorite is stand-up paddleboarding on the waterfront in Georgetown. It’s such a fun way to workout and I love seeing the city from the water. I also love hiking- two of my favorites are Billy Goat Trail + Cunningham Falls, but I also love the adventure of going somewhere new. It helps me find presence and worry less about the day to day.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal? :
For healthy fast food I love HipCityVeg- it’s perfect if you’re needing fries and shake but still want to eat plant-based. For something special, Thai X-ing is amazing. They are super accommodating to vegan + vegetarian diets. Dinner is 5-7 courses and everything is amazing so make sure to go hungry.
Do you have anything on the horizon you would like to share?:
This winter, I'll be offering workshops exploring the connection between food + yoga, and particularly how to optimize your health + happiness with conscious eating + movement. Details will be added on my website.