Learn more about our EBYC instructors though Q&A! We will occasionally highlight one of our instructors here. This edition’s featured instructor is
How and when did you discover yoga?
As a teenager I was introduced to yoga in several different settings and finally began a more regular practice around 19. It slowly started to make its way into every aspect of my life and turn things around for the better. I first began the practice from a physical standpoint and over time began to see and feel the transformational effects yoga can have on helping you to reconnect to yourself.
What yoga teachers have influenced you?
My main teacher is Gokulacandra or Jani Jaatinen as well as his teacher Jayananda (Janne Kontala) and his student Masley Yahya. The teacher that has most influenced me in the Rochester area is Aimee Senise Conners. I've also been lucky enough to practice with Kino MacGregor and regularly follow her teachings.
What is the most rewarding part of being a yoga teacher?
I love seeing the moment something clicks for a student and that transformation begins to happen. Seeing that aha moment when I student develops that deeper connection with themselves is amazing.
What can students expect from your classes?
I have a strong focus on good alignment but also love to include more then just the physical aspects of yoga.
What is a yoga pose you love and why?
My favorite pose is downward dog. I love the stillness and ease I can find within my breath in the pose. It's an instant reset to whatever may be going on.
What is your favorite quote?
By psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl:
"Between a stimulus and a response there is a space,
in that space lies our power to choose our response,
in our response lies our growth and our freedom."