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I began working on my yoga practice in 2003 while attending theater school in NYC. After completing a 200 hr Vinyasa yoga course of study in 2006 I began teaching some classes in and around Manhattan. During that time I was able to study many styles of yoga, practicing and teaching many times daily.
In April of 2009, I met Elise Espat and under her guidance began my Mysore practice; I’ve been able to practice steadily ever since. It was at this time my yoga practice deepened tremendously. In September 2010 I went with Elise to study with Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. It was there I began a daily meditation practice along with my morning Mysore routine.
I began assisting Elise at her shala in Brooklyn after returning to NYC. A few years later she moved to start the Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala in New Mexico. During her absence, I spent time working under the guidance of her teacher Guy Donahaye in the East Village.
After 8 years in NYC, I moved home to Buffalo, N.Y to be closer to family. With Elise’s blessing, I began teaching for East Meets West Yoga, eventually heading the Mysore and Pre-natal Yoga programs there for two years. In 2013 Elise offered me a position in Albuquerque, NM. where I took three months to operate her shala while she was studying in India. In January of 2014, I made my second extended trip to Mysore. That season I began to study under Dr. MA Jayashree and her brother Narasimhan as well as take Sanskrit classes at KPJAYI with Lakshmish.
Ashtanga Yoga Buffalo was born in 2014 after my partner and I made the decision to stay in Buffalo. It was during the opening of AYB I began to work closely under the mentorship of Angela Jamison in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has been and continues to be a strong source of accountability and influence in both my practice and teaching. I love and respect her dearly. I’ve made five extended trips to Mysore in total with march of 2017 being the year I was authorized. It was at that time I began as an official apprentice of Angela at her shala in Ann Arbor where I visit and assist regularly under her guidance. I plan to return to Mysore and Ann Arbor regularly.
My intention for students is to offer the best opportunity to learn this method of yoga. Daily practice, maintaining a connection to the lineage in Mysore, and guidance from my mentor Angela continues to feed the shala and my yoga and meditation practice. I look forward to exploring different landscapes in this life as a teacher of yoga and an eternal student of its practices.
In 2011 I was certified to teach pre-natal yoga and 2012 I took my doula training through life cycles in Buffalo NY. Since then I’ve been fortunate to teach Prenatal yoga and attend births regularly. Early 2018 I took a second doula training through DONA and I’m excited to be working towards my certification to become a member of the organization. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and continuing this work with my community in Buffalo, NY. When I’m on call you will find my phone out, face up and on silent on the back window sill.