Yoga Offerings

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Current Offerings:

  • Yoga & Meditation, Tuesday 7:00 to 8:45 at Kurukulla Center  in Medford (by donation)
  • Mindful Vinyasa, Monday 5:45 to 7:15 at Samara Yoga in Somerville
  • Yin Yoga, Wednesday 7:30 to 8:45 at Samara Yoga in Somerville
  • Private sessions by appointment

How I teach:

I believe that yoga is an exploration of movement and intention, a practice that is available to everyone regardless of who you are, where you are in your life, and what kind of body you have. I’ll guide you through poses and sequences while mindfully exploring breath, transitions and discovering fresh pathways. I’ll encourage your gentleness, curiosity, strength, honesty and playfulness. You’ll feel it in your bones and your heart. By practicing yoga at a slower pace, there is more opportunity to build strength and increase your awareness, listening for what benefits your body and mind most. And most of all, I’ll guide you with a compassionate attitude, encouraging the brave attitude of the bodhisattva, the wish to awaken for the benefit of all.

With nearly 30 years of yoga and meditation practice, numerous trips to India and travels around the world I bring a wealth of yoga and life wisdom to my teaching.

Styles and themes:

  • Strong Slow Flow Vinyasa
  • Core Strength Moderate Flow
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Yoga for Beginners
  • Yin Yoga
  • Therapeutic considerations
  • Ayurveda considerations
  • Embodied anatomy
  • Fascia and tensegrity wholeness
  • Introduction to chakras
  • Compassionate empowerment
  • Chanting
  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Buddhist meditation

Gratitude to my yoga teachers and primary influences (chronological order):

  • Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
  • Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Sharat Arora (India, 1987, my first yoga teacher)
  • Teachers at the Rathdowne Yoga Room, North Carlton, Melbourne
  • Sharon Cardamone (Pattibhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga)
  • Richard Freeman (Pattibhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga)
  • Maty Ezraty (200-hr teacher training, 2001)
  • Lisa Walford (200-hr teacher training, 2001)
  • Patricia Walden
  • Erich Schiffman
  • Shiva Rea
  • Gary Kraftsow (Viniyoga)
  • Georg Feurstein (Yoga & Buddhist philosphy)
  • Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains and fascial matrix)
  • Sonia Nelson (Vedic chanting)
  • Liz Own
  • Sarah Powers (Yin & Yang yoga)
  • Paul Grilley (Yin Yoga, bones and fascia)
  • T.K.V. Desikachar (lineage holder and son of Krishnamacharya)
  • Tias Little
  • Elena Brower
  • Judith Lasater
  • Tommy Thompson, Debi Adams, Bob Lada & Jamee Culbertson (Alexander Technique)
  • Leslie Kaminoff
  • Amy Matthews
  • Brooke Thomas & Liberated Body podcast
  • Kate O’Donnell, Hilary Garivaltis and Anusha Sehgal (Ayurveda)
  • With palms together I bow to every student I have ever had the privilege to teach
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