“Compassion is something you can develop with practice. It involves two things: intention and action. Intention simply means you remember to open your heart to others; you expand what and who matters, from yourself to other people. Action is simply the ‘what you do about it.’” – Richard Carlson, PH.D.
I’m a Boston College graduate with a B.A. in Communications and have worked many jobs in marketing and television broadcasting. I’m always on the go and have little time to just relax or do something for me. So, when a friend first introduced me to yoga in 2009, I was a bit skeptical. My type A personality and the fact that I had been a dancer since the age of 3 made me think…’I don’t know if yoga is for me.’ But to my surprise after my first class I was hooked. Yoga quickly became a part of my life and the bonds you form with your fellow yogis are undeniable. It helped me to relax, take time for myself and enjoy life by living in the present and being open to happiness.
Yoga is more than just the physical practice of asana. With a regular yoga practice you’re capable of opening up your mind, body and soul to endless possibilities. Yoga has helped me to find a deeper love and compassion for myself as well as others. It helps me to clear my mind, relax and be comfortable and confident with the present. Using breathe works in every aspect of life because life works in funny ways. When you see the positive side in whatever life throws your way; you are heading in the right direction.
Because yoga became such a huge part of my life, I decided that I wanted to teach. I completed my 200-hour teacher training at Back Bay Yoga in July 2011 and began teaching right away. I love teaching and being able to help others through yoga as my teachers have helped me. In February of 2013, I left my full-time job to follow my passion of teaching yoga.
In my classes, I try to cover many of the main postures, so you feel as though you have a total body workout, but I also concentrate on alignment and breath. I know you will get a good workout, but I also hope my classes can allow you to escape and clear your head, so they are spiritual as well. I encourage all to come and try a class. I hope to create a safe, fun and judgment free environment. Everyone can do yoga; all you need is a good attitude and an open mind. It’s called a ‘practice’ for a reason and you never really master any pose. It’s not all about the poses; it’s about you and your breath on your mat; everything else is secondary.
In July of 2013, lululemon named me their first ambassador for the Lynnfield MarketStreet store and the experience thus far has been amazing. It has been so much fun connecting with the surrounding communities and I’m looking forward to this new journey. I feel honored, blessed and grateful to be doing something I love everyday!
I hope to have the opportunity to guide you through your practice and have you leave feeling relaxed and fulfilled.