My Yoga History
I am a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and have been teaching yoga since 2009 when I trained with Yoga To The People NYC. After receiving my Yoga Alliance certification, I went on to teach in New York City for five years before heading west to Wyoming in 2013. Out west, I collaborated with Hot Power Yoga Laramie, teaching classes, creating and running two Yoga Alliance registered teacher trainings and managing the studio. Over the years, I have taught at gyms, schools, private events and massage therapy centers. Due to the new and growing yoga community in Laramie, I was presented with the opportunity to train in new styles of yoga including Sculpt, Yang/Yin, Advanced Practices and Children's Yoga. I have also cultivated experience in yoga outreach, running several series of yoga classes for the Albany County Court Supervised Treatment Program, (a rehabilitative parole program for controlled substance related charges), as well as at the Cathedral Home for Children (a low-security minority facility). In 2015 I trained with the Prison Yoga Project under James Fox, as well as with Yoga Behind Bars in teaching yoga to trauma-impacted demographics, the incarcerated, and other under-served communities. In 2017 I co-founded The PRACTICE School of Magic with Emily Denton to greater serve the subversive community of magical humans who want to learn more about the radical power of yoga. We run yoga teacher trainings, workshops and the Community Apprenticeship continuing education program for yoga teachers. I currently live and teach in Seattle, WA with Yoga Poseurs, Ritual House of Yoga,Troy Lucero's Acme Yoga Project and Yoga Behind Bars.
BFA in Theater, Creating Original Works, New York University New York, NY 2008
200 hr Yoga Alliance Certified New York, NY 2009
Apprenticed in Traditional Hot Yoga with Yoga to the People New York, NY 2010
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance Laramie, WY 2013
Prison Yoga Project Training through PYP San Francisco, CA 2015
Yoga Behind Bars Training Seattle, WA 2015
Troy Lucero's Acme Yoga Project Seattle WA 2016- Present
Teachers & Influences
I was first introduced to the creative power of movement when studying Devised Theater at New York University Tisch School of the Arts with Marleen Pennison, Rebecca Berg, Dan Weltner and Tomi Tsunodu. NYU was also the first home of my acrobatic choreographic work, the study of Pilates, Movement Anatomy and West African Dance. I learned African Dance at NYU with Peter Bass and abroad in Ghana with the dance program at the University of Legon. This creative form of free movement led to more in-depth explorations of movement and yoga teacher training with Yoga to the People in 2009. In NYC, I was fortunate to be trained and mentored by Lindsay Dombrowski, Nikki Carter, and Sam Chase. I have been lucky to learn and practice under such experienced teachers as Isaac Pena, Jared McCann, Eddie Stern and Sri Dharma Mittra. In Seattle, I continue to study under and be inspired by the Ashtanga-inspired teachings of Troy Lucero at the Acme Yoga Project.
As we all must 'stand on the shoulders of giants', the teachers of my teachers, their writings and philosophies should also be noted. In this case these giants are the likes of Pina Bausch, Twyla Tharp, Bishnu Gosh, Tony Sanchez, BKS Iyengar, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Richard Freeman, and Bryan Kest.
Styles of Yoga
I teach the Following Yoga Styles In a Class setting:
Vinyasa Flow, Power Vinyasa, Advance Practices, Traditional Hot Hatha- 26&2, Hot Hatha, Hatha, Yin, Yang/Yin, Core Fusion, Sculpt, Ashtanga Primary Series, Children's Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Guided Pranayama.
My continued growth and success is possible only by the support of a strong community of powerful and innovative peers. I rely on the advice and inspiration of international circus artist, Caitlin Larsson and London-based choreographer Heather Jeffries. Yoga teachers and body-work professionals who influence and enrich my process include: Julia Planine-Troiani, Paula Reyes, Joe Burley, Sarah Grace, Emily Denton, Rachael Savage and Lindsay Dombrowski, amongst many others.
Affilate Yoga Studios
Gracious Spaces where I have Taught
Yoga to the People St. Marks, 38th St, Chelsea, Brooklyn NY, San Francisco, Seattle
Yoga Agora Queens NY
Hot Power Yoga Laramie WY
Zen Central Laramie WY
Laramie Recreation Center Laramie WY
MiYoga RD Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Yoga to the People Seattle WA
SweatBox Capitol Hill Seattle. WA
District Yoga and Fitness Seattle WA
We Yoga Co-op Seattle WA
Breathe Hot Yoga Seattle WA
Yoga Poseurs Seattle WA
Ritual House of Yoga Seattle WA