I grew up in NYC. More specifically, The Bronx. Not exactly the place where I could feel safe or find much loving-kindness. For the most part, I felt out of place and alone. I had to grow up pretty fast and learn to protect myself.
Going off to college was my escape from the concrete jungle. I was opened up to a variety of learning. I explored different classes such as art, dance, drama, philosophy, and ultimately yoga. Yoga allowed me a way to create a safe space for myself but I didn’t stick with it. I found my way to other substances that helped me to feel like I was a part of. It was an artificial and short-lived way of thinking I was OK and everything was just fine. Once the high wore off all of the “icky” feelings would come back.
Somehow I found my way back to yoga and the West Coast. Slowly I was able to let go and get to know myself. Eventually, through an array of yoga styles and philosophies, I turned to sobriety and a 12-step program.
The combination of my recovery, the 12-steps, and yoga is a powerful force in my life. One that allows me to courageously face my fears with grace and trust. Ultimately, I can just BE.
I can always find a simple solution in using my breath and movement to create a connection for my body, mind, and soul.
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to guide others through what I know and love.
The solution always comes from within. Yoga gives us the opportunity to tune into that.