I BELIEVE THAT YOGA FOUND ME.
It kept lingering and provoking me to dive in years before I actually jumped in with two feet. I was a certified yoga dabbler. A once-a-week student for many years that went to class with friends so that we could all go to dinner and catch up afterwards. Vinyasa and Asthanga yoga, which were the first styles I practiced, reminded me of what I loved about dancing as a kid; feeling free in my body, choreography that demanded full attention, grace and breath; and moving to my own internal rhythm.
I BOUGHT IN.
It didn’t take time to see that by moving the body and breathing deep to ease tension was powerful. I understood that immediately. In one of my first ever yoga classes, I found myself feeling suffocated and trapped in plow pose, not able to catch my breath and wanting to escape. I felt it in my body, but my mind was amplifying the intensity. That moment was challenging but on some very unconscious, intuitive place, I knew what was at the heart of this practice; to stay. I could see it was fertile training ground to sit in the uncomfortable and lay witness to that discomfort.
My indolent relationship with yoga changed when I moved to hell’s kitchen in NYC after 9/11. I came across a friendly, warm new studio where I learned a lot about vinyasa, the discipline of the practice and even more about myself. Each teacher was unique and taught the ancient teachings and postures in a way that reverberated through me as young woman who had some healing to do. My thirst to learn more propelled me into a 200 hour RYT at Sonic Yoga, studying with entrepreneur luminary, Jonathan Fields (of The Good Life project today) and Shakti yogini, Lauren Hanna. Their corporate backgrounds and accessible methods to connect the mind and body resonated with me and I cherish the years spent learning in the Sonic community. After teaching 25 private clients a week public classes at NYC yoga studios, Toronto lured me home for many reasons; one being my desire to open my own studio.
a BUCKETLIST DREAM MANIFESTED.
Owning Spynga The Yoga & Cycling since it’s inception in 2007, I garnered the experience of running a successful business, teaching thousands of students, facilitating 8 Yoga Alliance certified teacher training programs, mentoring teachers and students, running countless workshops, teaching thousands of classes, but most importantly, being inspired by all the souls that walked through the door.
With nearly 15 years of experience, sharing the teaching of yoga, my dedication and intention has established a constant source of inspiration and illumination so I can support others in their awakening within their own practices.
I am continually energized from reverence and play through my own practice, colleagues, workshops, trainings and with my own students. I am passionate about creating practices that are grounded in purpose and have a current of the ancient teachings from the sutras with a contemporary explanation that gives rise and opportunity for students to connect with their higher selves on the mat and take their own discovered wisdom into their lives.
My classes are comprised of safe alignment within artful and creative sequences that support the nervous system to enhance balance and strength, both internally and externally. My various studies in the traditional lineages of Ashtanga, alignment intelligence of Anusasra, the dance of Vinyasa as well as the energetic regulating practice of Yin continues to influence my multidimensional offerings as a teacher. I have been trained as a certified Yoga4kids Teacher by Sherri LeBlanc as well as Yogakids by Marsh Wenig. I received my prenatal yoga certification through Carrie Parker Gasetly through Yoga Works in NYC.
Today, my teaching has become more comprehensive as I focus on mindfulness within the physicality of the practice. I have cultivated my own regular meditation practice in recent years, which has been pivotal in my own development as an educator and in my own daily life. Studying mindfulness practices has allowed me to enrich my awareness of the human experience and personified the capacity to heal my own wounds through these modalities.
One on One or self-organized group sessions offer a customized and in-depth opportunity to experience yoga based on individual intentions and goals. We can work together at cultivating a foundation, learning how to meditate, determining which style of yoga works for you, deepening your practice through advanced postures, and working with injuries and/or limitations.
As of January 1, 2019
Availability for private yoga varies Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 4 pm.
Please contact me for scheduling and rates.