Together we will focus on the alignment of the muscular, skeletal & organ systems of the body in relation to each season. Doing so in remembrance of the temporal nature of the body and honoring it as a vessel for spirit to emerge. Often, when we align our physical structure; the mind, heart and self will naturally follow suit. I frequently encourage the use props, precise alignment instruction and extended timings to develop awareness in the body, uncover stagnant / dormant energy and utilize the breath as a tool to both stay present with sensation & to reawaken each cell so we may live with as much peace and vibrance in the body as possible.
“The essence of yoga lies in your feeling for the Divine. The deeper the feeling, the more you are brought to a state of Oneness with the Beloved, who gradually manifests in your heart as the sole Doer of all your activities. Then, you will realize why you have come into the world with this human body.”
- Baba Lokenath Brahmachari 1730 - 1890
I never wanted to be a yoga instructor. Despite two decades of consistent practice, multiple teacher trainings and having the extreme privilege of studying with the brilliant Bekir Algan, Ph.D, I resisted the very thought of it. Growing up in Austin, TX everyone was a yoga teacher. “The world doesn’t need any more yoga teachers!”, I’d declare internally. Also, being under the tutelage of Bekir was more than enough for me and I couldn’t comprehend how I could ever live up to the depth of his knowledge and offerings. In the fall of 2017 Bekir passed away unexpectedly. It was a strange transference that occurred because shortly after his death I felt ready and not only ready but compelled to begin teaching. The study, teachings and practice of yoga are life or even life-times long and I believe I will be at it until the day I die. Most people I encounter approach yoga from solely the physical / asana angle and although I truly feel yogasana is especially important right now with the state of the general public’s physical health, I encourage myself, peers and students to remember that before yoga was a physical practice it was a way of life. ‘Yoga’ = to bind, attach, to yolk… the body, mind, and spirit. To unify the Self. Presently, my primary teachers are Jerry Balderas and Ramanand Patel. I am forever grateful for the gift of yoga, it has saved my life and allowed me to better understand and experience what life in a body on earth can be.
I hope we have the opportunity to practice together.