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Yoga Teacher Training
I completed my Kripalu Teacher Training in 2001, and have additional hours of training in Anusara Yoga.
I teach Kripalu Yoga, but I also have additional experience in Anusara yoga and that definitely influences the way I talk about alignment in my classes.
Where I Teach
While an undergraduate Art Student at Skidmore College, I was exposed to Asian Art History and learned about the religious objects and philosophies of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. As a senior I took a yoga class, and after graduation, I traveled to India. My Art History professor, another student, and I walked 300 miles through Indian Tibet to study 13th and 14th century murals in Buddhist monasteries. I am also an artist, and this awareness of the connection between yoga and culture has informed my teaching over the years. I think of yoga not just as a form of exercise but a way of seeing the world. I try to infuse my classes with an awareness of the interconnectedness of all life – often that is simply offering 5 minutes of Metta/Loving-Kindness meditation at the end of a class. Other times the emphasis is on practicing self-care and adapting the poses to respond to where the body is at in the moment. One thing I love about teaching yoga in NYC is that I get to be involved with lots of creative spaces for teaching. I’ve been teaching at Socrates Sculpture Park every summer for the past 15 years. The park is a hidden gem! It’s right by the water, beautifully landscaped, and boasts amazing art exhibits each season. I’ve also taught at the Studio Museum in Harlem as part of their teen photography program and I’ve also taught at MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) for Self-Care Sundays.
Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Level of Training
I have completed my 200 hour teacher training and am half-way through my 300 hour teacher training.
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