I started my graduate studies in psychology, while working as a system planner in the energy sector, to learn more about how the mind works. That’s when I became fascinated with Buddhist psychology.  In the meantime, yoga satisfied my love of movement and helped to quiet my thoughts. Eventually I found Om Yoga center, the only studio in NYC that integrated yoga asana with buddhist philosophy, and where I received my first teaching certificate in 2001. Since then, I’ve continued to explore yoga more deeply, while teaching at various studios in NYC and Westchester, and leading a number of international retreats. My continued interest in yoga is a testament to the transformative impact of the practice.

Maitri is a Sanskrit word that refers to a way of relating, with an open mind and heart – with unconditional friendliness. I think it is a prerequisite to the experience of yoga—a sense of wholeness in our lives and a genuine connection with others. In class, I emphasis mindfulness and physical alignment.  A time of self exploration, we welcome and relax into all of our experiences as we breath-fully move through the asanas. Rather than judging our thoughts and actions, we consider how they may hinder or contribute to our well being and growth.

I think a consistent and mindful yoga practice can cultivate a more fearless and compassionate relationship with ourselves and others. It can also enhance our appreciation of life and all it has to offer. I am grateful to all of my teachers and students for inspiring me to continue learning and sharing.