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.