I came to yoga several years ago with both intrigue and fear. At the age of 14, I went through spinal fusion surgery to halt the progression of scoliosis (a lateral curvature and rotation of the spine). With a fused spine, I wasn't sure yoga would be right for my body. In my 20s, I dabbled in yoga but also could not let go of the fear that I would hurt myself.
Flash forward several years and two children later, I felt drawn to yoga once again. Suffering from chronic pain as well as stress and anxiety, I signed up for a nighttime yoga class and immediately fell in love not only with the physical benefits of yoga, but also the mental ones. It was empowering to experience a sense of calm in my body and mind.
I realized that yoga was nothing to fear. To the contrary, yoga was the perfect way to understand my spine -- not only the ten fused vertebrae but also the underlying scoliosis. I practice in both the vinyasa and Iyengar styles of yoga, with a strong focus on alignment, body mechanics, and breath. In my own practice, I modify or abstain from certain poses due to my spinal asymmetry and limited range of motion. Despite this (and even because of this), I have found that the possibilities to move and learn through yoga are endless.
Prior to discovering yoga, I worked as a litigator in a New York City law firm. I hold both a bachelor's and a law degree from Columbia University. Being a Type A personality and a yogi are not incompatible! I received my 200 hour teaching certification at Yoga Haven in Westchester, NY. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and a Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher through Senior Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller’s Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Program. While my own practice is heavily influenced by my scoliosis, I teach students both with and without the condition. Yoga has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. I am grateful to share my passion and knowledge with others.