Yoga for me began in earnest with a physical practice in college, but I’m sure I began perceiving what yoga would feel like as a teenager experimenting with acid. My practice and drug use continued in NYC into my 20s. But when I lost my father at 25 to drugs, his life and untimely death as an addict was my big wake-up call, and fueled my evolution.
After years of vinyasa, I found my way to the Iyengar institute. I told myself I was cleaning up my life, but still smoked a lot. I felt a calling to teach yoga and completed an Anusara training, which is where I met my spiritual teacher David Harshada Wagner there. HIs teaching resonated because he was real, and had this soulful connection that satisfied this part of me that was spiritually starved.
Immediately I began training, and went on my first pilgrimage to India; at that time I felt a purification happening. Slowly, with grace, support and the teachings, I cleaned up my body and quit. Everything. It took a fierce, unwavering commitment to healing, and being sober for over three years now I have never been happier or connected to so much Love in my life.
I’m now the co-founder a growing women’s movement and community called Awakened Feminine, bringing women together to support each other in living transformational lives. I teach and lead women’s meditation, kirtans and retreats to facilitate healing and empowerment amongst women and yoga teachers.
In Awakened Feminine Yoga, the work is more about self-unfoldment than self-improvement. It’s about women experiencing the beauty and luminosity of their souls, and getting the support they need to bring all of that energy into their lives. It’s a big thing to wake up. The process deserves a lot of care, attention, and Love. awakenedfeminineyoga.com and instagram @artofloving