My yoga story began after years studying fitness and martial arts. I stepped into my first yoga class at the gym looking for a good stretch and found that it wasn’t exactly love at first down dog.
The postural practice was physically challenging but the biggest surprise was required mental steadiness and attention to detail that yoga entailed. But I love a good challenge, so I kept up with the practice. It wasn’t until I became more familiar with the asanas and their connection to the breath that I began to experience how profound the practice of yoga could be.
When I started linking the movement with the breath, the practice became magical. I had an ‘a-ha’ moment and it quickly became apparent that this practice was much bigger than anything I had done in the gym.
I was learning how to pause and flow, cultivating an awareness and concentration that would not only serve me on my mat but gave me the tools to act elsewhere in my life in a way that was life affirming.
So I traded in my boxing gloves for a yoga mat and my gym membership for class packages at my favorite New Jersey yoga studio, Yoga Synthesis. I took my first Yoga Teacher Training in 2006 and have since continued to grow and feed my insatiable desire to learn more from the multitude of yoga styles and teachers in the world.
This insatiable desire has led me to complete over 3,000 teacher training hours (and counting) from various schools of yoga, so that I may teach others the absolute best of the practices and philosophies I’ve been taught.
In 2011, I founded iFlow Yoga LLC and established my home studio, The Down Dog House. iFlow Yoga is modern Vinyasa style that draws upon my extensive study of the yoga and ayurveda sciences. I maintain a regular teaching schedule in Northern New Jersey. I also offer 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings Programs in Ubud, Bali and The Down Dog House in Ramsey, NJ. You can also join me on one of my yoga immersion retreats in Mexico or Puerto Rico.
I strive to make my classes powerful, dynamic and spiritual, incorporating meditation, pranayama and classical yogic teachings, combining it all in a way that is relatable to students in modern times. I value intelligent alignment and work to infuse my classes with dharmic theme from years of teaching Anusara Yoga. I add a fluid meditative quality from studying breath centered vinyasa, but counter that with the occasional long hold to cultivate power and control. I love creating interesting unorthodox postures and flows that progressively take students to places they never knew existed. In turn, my students continue to teach me everyday, in ways I could have never imagined.
I believe that each time we come to the mat, it's an opportunity to learn something about ourselves. Everything that we learn on the mat we can take and apply to life. My mission is to teach you to trust the freedom of your heart, so that you may do in this life what you've been called upon to do.
I am inspired by the way things move in nature; ocean waves, trees in wind, clouds, birds, flowers that grow in the direction of sunlight. I see the inherent intelligence in nature. I believe all forms of “dis-ease” results from our tendency to override the intelligence in nature. When we become elegantly aligned with nature, we can move and flow within it and a sense of healthiness and calm can be realized.
Nature is also about inevitable change. The mountains and canyons may look stable but the incredible forces of nature created these shapes over the ages. Our bodies too have this undertow of movement. My yoga practice is about embracing change and going with the flow of life.
Spirituality is inherent in nature. It is a real, tangible spirituality that anyone can access by simply becoming aware of the natural world. This type of spirituality has no borders and is common to us all. It's a philosophy we can all share regardless of who we are, where we live or what we do.
A yoga practice encompassing natural movement, in an orderly direction (dharmic movement), done with intention, and infused with a creative heart - these are the values of iFlow Yoga and is what motivates me to come to my mat each day in a way that is free, balanced and ever changing. This gives me the opportunity to move from intuition rather than through an outside influence. This is the type of practice I try to inspire others to develop. This is my motivation as a yoga teacher, a mom and a wife.
This morning I felt the first hints of fall. The breeze had a crispness to it and a few leaves […]
My personal practice is for me an art. It’s the way I get into the flow and time ceases to exist. Worries and fears fall away as I enjoy my breath; the process unfolds and folds. The asanas connect much like brushstrokes on a canvas. My mat is my canvas.
I was introduced to this poem by my teacher Ganga White in 2006 while studying yoga at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara. My practice has evolved over the years but I have continued to cherish the philosophy held within his words.
P.S. We're yogis, not marketers, which means we spend most of our time on our mats, not our MailChimp account. It goes against our flow to flood your inbox.