I found yoga in 2003 at the suggestion of my brother, who was a professional dancer and fitness teacher in NYC. His friends and co-workers found yoga to be a natural complement to their work routine, and he thought it would do the same for me, after living in the active, outdoor Colorado environment for most of my life. After eight years of being a student, I was finally persuaded by some of my teacher friends to add teaching to the mix.
Why do you teach & practice yoga?
Teaching and practicing yoga continues to evolve for me as a blend of the physical, mental and spiritual. I find the simplest answer to be the best: because it makes you feel good. For me, that goes both ways. Just as making the effort to practice is always satisfying, so is teaching, even on the days when it’s hard to motivate. By the end, I always feel better.
Who is your greatest yoga influence or inspiration?
I’m kind of a yoga mutt, so my inspiration comes from a variety of sources. My training with Andrei Ram of the Dharma Mittra lineage, combined with the alignment and structure of Ashtanga and Anusara styles, and the strength and focus of Forrest Yoga are all influences. Plus the bits and pieces constantly acquired from fellow teachers and students.
What does it mean to be a "Mountain Soul?"
It says to me that there’s a connection to where we live, and the strength and appreciation of this environment that shapes our values.
Describe your favorite day.
Floating through a foot of new snow apart from the crowds, or hiking a desert canyon, then soaking in a hot spring for recovery, while ensuring that peanut butter is always within reach.