One of my favorite childhood memories is: going on hikes with my dad to look for “nature stuff.” I grew up in an old farmhouse on 28 acres and the two of us would either walk or drive our jeep to the top of the hill behind our house and explore in the woods. On one of these nature adventures, I found a squirrel skull and my dad let me take it home to show my mom. Let’s just say she was less than pleased with my dad… but I was ecstatic.
I love teaching yoga: for the same reason I love practicing! Every lesson you learn on the mat reaches far beyond the walls of the yoga studio. This like-minded community paints a canvas for a more conscious and loving world. I love that I get to hold space for mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical healing and growth.
A life lesson I’ve learned from yoga practice is: Self-inquiry. I’ve come to realize that it’s (more than) okay to be unapologetically me. Each of us has a deeply and beautifully unique journey - it would be foolish to compare.
Three words that describe my teaching style: authentic, fun, ever-evolving.
When I’m not teaching yoga you’ll find me: working at Breathe Victor! And on the off chance that I am not working (or practicing), I’m usually out getting coffee, going for walks, making matcha and hanging with my plants, or reading books on nutrition and wellness.
Three people who inspire me are: I am inspired by so much. Not necessarily people, but actions of people. It’s all the beautiful little nuances that make up moments. Eye contact, smiles, seeing people be themselves and react to the world around them in an authentic and childlike way, seeing people open their hearts and minds to new love and ideas. The sunshine through a coffee shop window, seeing an old couple holding hands, the way the trees breath as the wind moves through them… I could go on and on
One of my favorite quotes is: “And remember, love is not some entity that exists outside of you; you yourself are love” xo, me
ne of my favorite childhood memories is I was a dreamer as a kid. I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast, an actress, a singer and a dancer all at once. My sister and I shared a love for movement. When our parents were out in the evening, we would turn up the lights inside, turn on the music, open the curtains and dance to our reflection in the windows. It was so joyous — dopamine levels must have been off the charts. My dreams, in those moments, felt entirely within reach.
I love teaching yoga because I read a great book recently, Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton. She wrote, “In yoga, instead of using my mind to download wisdom, I use my body”. That’s what I love about teaching yoga! In yoga, the body teaches the mind which is a complete flip-flop to what I used to think about how we learn. Our bodies have a lot to say. Yoga can help us learn to listen.
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is Like yoga, life can be awkward and frustrating. It's uncomfortable at times. When I stop arguing with what is (in yoga and in life) and breathe, accept and adapt, I experience my life in an entirely different way.
Three words that describe my teaching style: big-hearted, joyful, imperfect
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me at breathe, with my family, or taking quiet time to read
Three people who inspire me are I am inspired by three categories of people: People who are oppressed by circumstances and still find the good in others, people who have suffered greatly and yet still reach for joy, and people who are privileged and remain compassionate and open-hearted.
One of my favorite quotes is: "What's in the way is the way"
My favorite childhood memory are always the ones where I am outside. Running through neighborhood backyards, playing kickball in the middle of the road I grew up on and simply just being that care free soul that new nothing better then fresh air and a big smile.
The love I have for teaching yoga grows and changes weekly! One that will always remain is my love to help others find their true self from the inside out.
Believe it or not a life lesson I have learned from yoga, is to not take life so seriously. When that happens all you need to do is breathe.
Three words that describe my teaching style would be: grounding, expanding and evolving.
When I am not teaching yoga you will find me outside! Or finding the next best place to sweat in the Rochester community!
Three people who inspire me is hard to narrow it down when the energy from different people inspire me each and everyday. I have however, always brought the up most admiration to my great grandparents.
One of my favorite childhood memories is: Vacationing at Lake George with my family. Fishing off the dock with my dad using my pole with the fish shaped handle and hiking in the woods with my dad’s cousin and his kids. Hiking was the most amazing thing ever!
The beginning of a beautiful friendship!
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