I was born and raised in New York City. Growing up, I was a classical ballet dancer and studied at the Joffrey Ballet School. In 1998, I moved to Southern California. I began studying at YogaWorks almost as soon as I arrived. In fact, its reputation for being one of the best yoga studios in the United States was one of my main motivations for relocating.
Back then, YogaWorks consisted of two privately owned studios in Santa Monica. Having read about the school extensively on the pages of Yoga Journal, I felt certain that YogaWorks was the place for me! We were a small community at the time, and yoga quickly became a way of life for me. Besides practicing at the studio 3-5 times per week, I also attended regular kirtan sessions and participated in a philosophy studies group. I really immersed myself in all things yoga, even taking a second part-time job at the studio.
In 2001, after studying primarily with Natasha Rizopoulos and Chuck Miller for several years, I decided to enroll in the YogaWorks Teacher Training program with Maty Ezraty and Lisa Walford. It was a fabulous experience, mostly because it revealed how little I knew! Soon after, a few teachers asked me to substitute teach for them. Terrified, I said yes, and before long, I was teaching part-time while also continuing my yoga studies. It was challenging to balance teaching part-time with my fulltime job as an Arts Administrator, and in 2005, I took the leap and began teaching full-time.
I am incredibly fortunate to have had the support of so many friends and family members in my pursuit of yoga. And 25 years after I moved out here on a whim, my family and I are lucky to call Southern California home.
I currently teach online classes to students throughout the US, as well as to undergraduate students at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena. I absolutely love teaching yoga and helping people improve their physical, emotional and mental well-being. My students inspire me to be a better human—more patient, loving and kind. I am very grateful for the many lessons that yoga has brought into my life, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share yoga with others!
In addition to earning my 500-Hour Teaching Certification from YogaWorks, I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received my Master's degree in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles.