A Little About Me...
If you are looking for a sweaty, athletic yoga practice…I’m probably not your guy, but I can refer you to some great teachers in the area. If you’re interested in exploring functional health and holistic mind-body wellness while having a little fun along the way, you’ll probably dig my vibe!
My own yoga journey began in 2009. To look after my own health and manage stress, I got back into cycling, a sport I enjoyed earlier in my life. When I first tried a little yoga, I thought it was just going to be an occasional “stretching” activity to help improve my cycling performance, but I quickly developed a passion for the philosophy and broader practices of yoga. After several years of experiencing the benefits of a regular yoga practice, I decided I wanted to share the power of these practices with others, and embarked on my first training program. I continue to look for new things to learn, experience, and offer to others!
In my teaching, I strive to blend humor and philosophy to help everyone experience the benefits of yoga practice in a fun, empowering, and safe environment.
Education and Certifications
I am a 200-hour graduate of the Give Back Yoga Foundation’s teacher training program, and studied with Beryl Bender Birch and Sheila Magalhaes at Heartsong Yoga Center in East Longmeadow, MA. I am also a 300-hour graduate of the Summers School of Yin Yoga, training under the direction of Josh Summers and Terry Cockburn in the practices of yin yoga and meditation.
I’m a Certified Accessible Yoga Teacher, and trained in this program under the direction of Sarah Helt. The mission of Accessible Yoga is to enable all people and communities to experience the benefits of yoga in an inclusive, welcoming environment. I also completed "Yoga for the Rest of Us" teacher training with Peggy Cappy, a program of adaptive yoga for seniors and other individuals who would benefit from a modified approach to asana practice. I have also trained in yoga nidra and restorative yoga, practices that promote the experience of deep relaxation.
Ongoing exploration of the practice and philosophy of yoga is one of my passions. I continue to study yoga in both live and virtual settings with inspiring teachers such as TIffany Cruikshank, Sagel Kelly Urlacher, Jennifer O'Sullivan, and Cyndi Lee. I have also continued to deepen my understanding of human anatomy and biomechanics through courses with Dr. Timothy McCall, Tom Myers and Jules Mitchell. All together, I have over 800 hours of formal training, and countless hours of self-study and inquiry on the path of yoga.