grew up in
Milford, MA, and currently live in Easthampton
with my two dogs. I went to school at
U-Mass Amherst for Psychology, and ended up in Boston selling real
started studying Goju-Ryu Karate at my father's karate school at the
age of five. I focused on karate for the next 12 years and around the
age of 16 I began to play music and fell in love with wrestling.
Suffering injuries from living the life of a wrestler I became numb. My
interest in music gave way to my desire to be a wrestler. After seven
years on the wrestling mat, suffering through many injuries, I became
aware that the suffering I was experiencing, I had brought upon myself.
A ray of light broke though.
the pain became unbearable, I returned to the yoga mat, this time I
left out the competition and violence. I landed mysteriously in the
Baptiste studio in Boston. My first class was like returning to a long
lost love. That is the day I reclaimed my life and remembered my work.
I continued to practice day in and day out through the emotional and
physical pain I was experiencing. By and by the pain was transformed
from an obstacle to a stepping stone for a new attitude toward life. I
was no longer the victim. I wanted to be a warrior, a creator.
practicing nearly every day for four years, I wanted to share what I
had discovered. I was fortunate enough to get great mentorship from my
teacher, Baron Baptiste and lucky enough to be honored as a Master
Teacher in his style. I'm so excited to be in Northampton. I built an
amazing studio where people are invited to transform their lives. My
purpose is simple: to serve. There is no place in the world I would
rather be right now than here in Northampton. I make a commitment to
give to the students what has been given to me. I look forward to
seeing you in class.
I arrived at
my first Baptiste Power Yoga class in 2002 looking for a new way to
stay in shape, and instead I found a whole new outlook on life.
I started running long distance when I was 11 and enjoyed the physical
challenge and the success, but did not enjoy the injuries that left me
limping by the end of high school. When I went to college at
Harvard, my physical discipline went out the window. Needless to
say, by the time I graduated, my mind was overloaded and my body was
When I first encountered Baptiste Yoga in Boston, I felt like I had
discovered a home I didn’t know existed. Although it kicked my
butt (and still continues to do so!), I felt invigorated in mind and
body. As I continued to practice, I realized that I had to share
my discovery and I embarked on my journey to become a certified
teacher. I've trained extensively with Baron Baptiste since 2006
and am a Certified
Baptiste Teacher. In 2008, I uprooted my life and
put new roots down in Northampton to cofound Shiva Shakti Power Yoga
with Brandon Compagnone, which has been the most amazing
learning experience of my life.
In my classes, I encourage students to challenge themselves sensitively
and to discover the tools they need to explore on their own. I
look at teaching as just another step as a student and aim to share my
experiences of growth and discovery on my path.
When I’m not in class, I’m usually playing guitar, hanging out in the
woods, or cooking good food.
2006, I walked into Baron Baptiste’s Cambridge, MA studio and
essentially never left. In a short time, I went from enjoying the
physical benefits of occasional practice to developing a dedicated
daily practice incorporating all eight limbs of yoga. For two
years, I served as an assistant in the Baptiste studios in Boston,
providing hands-on assists to encourage students’ physical and mental
exploration and transformation. An active student of Baron
Baptiste, I am honored to be a part of the Baptiste community as a
Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Teacher.
In addition to
my Baptiste Yoga Training, I spent months training with
the incomparable Natasha Rizopoulos of YogaWorks. With
these dual influences, my intention is to create a powerful
experience for all that is invigorating and opening, inviting every
student to drop perceived limitations and enjoy new possibilities in
their practice and life off the mat.
began my yoga journey through books and videos in the mid-1990s. I had
an established Zen meditation practice, and found in yoga an excellent
complement to sitting. An avid athlete until I broke my leg in a ski
accident, I began to do more yoga to fill that gap in my life. I took
classes in Salt Lake City and Ketchikan, Alaska and finally got inside
a Baptiste studio after moving to Massachusetts in 2007. I was thrilled
when Shiva Shakti opened its doors, and have practiced here regularly
ever since. Baptiste Power Yoga challenges my body, mind and spirit; it
keeps me grounded and connects me with deep, universal truths.
I completed Level 1 Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste in 2009, and
in 2012, I did a 200-hour teacher training with Rolf Gates. I’m excited
and grateful to have the opportunity to teach at Shiva Shakti so I can
share my passion for yoga and deepen my commitment to my own practice
through serving others. I intend to create a space where my students
can experience the health, joy and vitality that arise from a committed
yoga practice, and where we can join together in compassionate
connection to ourselves and the world.
I have played violin since I was six, have degrees in violin
performance from the Eastman school of Music and The University of
Texas, and have enjoyed a career as a symphonic and chamber musician
since 1985. I teach violin at Amherst and Smith Colleges and perform
extensively in the area.