I was constantly drawn to yoga when I needed to nourish my body and soul. I’ve been practicing for 17 years and the most powerful actions in my life have originated from those sweet moments of peace, vulnerability and trust.
How did yoga find you? I was training for my black belt in taekwondo and my teammate encouraged me to go to a yoga class with her. The first time I came out of savasana I felt a profound sensation of peace, calm, and softening. I continued on to a second degree and competed in other high impact sports (triathlons, marathons, and tennis), but was constantly drawn to yoga when I needed to nourish my body and soul. I’ve been practicing for 17 years and the most powerful actions in my life have originated from those sweet moments of peace, vulnerability and trust.
Who are your teachers / influencers? I learned tremendously from the Pure Yoga community – Yogi Charu, Kay Kay Clivio, Adam Vitolo, Tanya Boulton, Dana Slamp, Jill Miller. Halle Becker hooked me on to hot yoga – she has this huge personality and bears her soul. She gave me the courage to teach when I was going through a major career change. My daily influencers are all the beautiful teachers in our tribe who love unconditionally and have encouraged me to be fearless.
Explain your teaching style in three words. Joyful, deceptively challenging, Alignment.
If you were a yoga pose, what pose would you be and why? I love pigeon pose. It’s where the effort towards steadiness really comes together for me, allowing me to soften into stillness, pray deeply for others and ask for wisdom, strength, and peace.
What’s your favorite song to flow to? I love many different genres and music is a huge part of my classes. This morning it was Codex – Radiohead. But most often hip hop (old school and new) is what gets me fired up.
Where would we find you on a Saturday night? Cooking dinner, throwing a dinner party, or going to one!
What’s your favorite word that starts with the letter B? Badass. Brave. Brunello. I like things in threes. 🙂
If your best friend were to write a book about you, what would it be called? Every Little Thing is Gonna be Alright. But that’s taken by Mr. Bob Marley. From two of my best friends: I am Woman, Hear me Roar. Dreamcatcher.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?A tennis player, a doctor, a journalist.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the water? Watch the sunset on a surf board.
What are your thoughts on rosé? A staple in the summer.
Aside from teaching yoga at our Hive, what drew you to Montauk and what do you love most about the East End?
I was drawn to Montauk well over a decade ago while working on Wall Street. It has always been, as it is now, a special retreat for mind, body, and soul – I immediately fell in love with the sweet, local vibe of this surf and fishing town that is Montauk. My friends and I found solace in training for triathlons and marathons, practicing yoga, surfing and swimming in the ocean, throwing dinner parties, and hitting all of our favorite restaurants while celebrating the important things in life. Not much has changed about why I love it here and consider myself so lucky to call the Hamptons my second home.
Why do you think yoga is an essential part of our Montauk / Hamptons community?
The yoga practice brings this hard working and fiercely active community together in the most beautiful and grounding way. It provides us with a platform to continuously empower, uplift, and support one another in ways that really matter.