Your true essence is pure, luminous, potent, powerful, transcendent and eternal.
Pause to consider that. Untouched by the life you’ve lived, the choices you’ve made, the things that have happened to you, this divine spark never tarnishes, fades or goes away. As identified in verse 1:36 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the essence of who you truly are is a radiant light at the center of your heart, experienced as vishoka, joy beyond all sorrow.
Many of us have a hard time accepting, or even imagining, a light at the center of our hearts. We reject the idea that we are anything other than hopelessly flawed, damaged, irreparable beings. Often we resign ourselves to the belief that we are victims of circumstance forced to struggle through life as best we can, clinging to any fleeting pleasure that comes our way and avoiding pain like the plague. Yoga has taught me, through direct experience, that there is another way.
How does the practice of yoga begin? How we begin depends on what we are attracted to. There are many ways of practicing yoga and pursuing one path will naturally lead to a craving for others. I was initially drawn to the physical practice of yoga, which we call Asana, because it gave me a way to channel my excessive energy and erratic mind. Through Asana I developed a relationship with my breath and as stillness became more accessible, I began to explore meditation, as well. Some practitioners prefer an academic pursuit of yogic studies, or are drawn to yoga for its therapeutic benefits. There is no one right way. However we begin, the way in which we progress is much the same. As our practice develops, we become increasingly aware of our holistic nature, realizing that while we are made of body, breath and mind, the sum of our parts is so much more. Who and what we truly are becomes clear, and our false perceptions – who we are not – begin to fade away.
This is the gift of yoga. Through cherished philosophies, practices and techniques, yoga brings us home to ourSelf. It leads us to a life of peace, purpose, power, unconditional love, and joy beyond all sorrow.
Are you ready to begin?
Yoga has given me an entirely new lease on life.
I was once anxiety-riddled, validation-seeking, victim-identifying and doubtful of my worth.
I am now joyful, peaceful, mentally and emotionally stable (most days...) and grateful to be alive.
My relationship with yoga spans twenty years and I've been devoted to sharing the teachings for the ten. In that time, yoga has grown from a purely physical experience to a holistic spiritual reintegration. It is my means for mental clarity, emotional stability, my life's purpose, and spiritual path.
A 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, and teacher of teachers, I remain a lifelong student of the Himalayan Tradition. I am profoundly grateful to receive the guidance of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and the support of the unbroken lineage reaching back several thousand years.
I share a modern approach to traditional tantric yoga interweaving asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, mantra, meditation, and more. I share only that which I have embodied through the direct experience of my personal study and practice, or through the power of transmission from my teacher. I guide with the intention of helping students to strengthen and purify the body, steady the mind, release self-limiting behaviors and beliefs, manage vital energy, and facilitate remembrance of Self.
A certified Vishoka Meditation Teacher and guide for Yoga Nidra, I endeavor to provide a means for true and thorough transformation. It isn't a quick fix and it isn't always pleasant or fun, but I know of nothing more worthwhile. It would be an honor to assist you on your journey to lay claim to yoga's promises: ultimate freedom and lasting fulfillment. Jai Maa.