About


I spent my childhood listening intently, discussing and debating questions of how humans behave. My parents’ careers in medicine, anatomy and the mysteries of illness fascinated me. My strict Catholic upbringing eventually clashed with my proclivity to question. I studied Political Philosophy at Catholic University of America, left organized religion, and ended up deeply depressed at the University of Chicago studying the Anthropology of Ethics & Conflict Resolution. Entangled in a complex mind with little life experience, I escaped to my childhood love of riding horses. The freedom that physical movement brought to my overthinking mind was a revelation. I dropped out of graduate school and trained horses and riders professionally for over a decade.

 

niko5I taught Dressage, a systematic approach to returning horse and rider to a state of harmonious union (which has many parallels with yoga). I came to yoga early in my riding career, seeking a way to help riders relax and feel at home atop a moving horse. I incorporated yoga’s body awareness, mindfulness techniques and simple stretching into my teaching. I practiced yoga several times a week, attending as many workshops as I could. Alignment yoga brought so much into focus for me, clarifying both movement and intention.

Parenthood, divorce and a cross-country move abruptly ended my life with horses. I navigated that violent transition while studying to become a yoga teacher. Discovering Therapeutics with Gabriel Halpern suddenly connected all the seemingly disparate influences in my life and gave me a path: my love of anatomy, my incessant questioning of human nature, the freedom of embodiment and the science of a structured approach to understanding movement. It was also a spiritual homecoming, a way to reintegrate ritual and a sense of the sacred.

Seventeen years of yoga and  almost two decades of keenly observing the human body in motion have solidified in me both a reverence for human frailty and an unflagging belief in our capacity to heal. In workshops and group classes, I adeptly weave alignment with wisdom teachings. One-on-one in privates I combine a compassionate intuition with skilled body reading to address a range of physical restrictions, chronic conditions and injuries. I continue to deepen and refine my knowledge of therapeutics with Doug Keller and Tias Little.

 

 

Sources of Inspiration:


“If you want to use yoga to heal emotional pain, you must find out where it resides in your body and learn to take your breath there. I don’t teach yoga to help people to transcend. I want people’s Spirits to reside in their body. I literally want to help people embody their Spirit, not go through life fragmented.”

  • Ana T. Forrest, Founder of Forrest Yoga

“If the discipline of yoga is to bring greater freedom, you must practice […] in a way that accepts and accommodates your resistance—even values and honors it—while still letting you receive the intended benefits. The point of this practice is not to become someone else but to become more fully yourself, to achieve not the glorious backbend pictured on a yoga calendar but the one that is at once stable and comfortable for your body and glows with an inner experience of joy, exhilaration, and freedom.”

 

“You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”

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