What is Counterpose?
After a childhood on the go, from soccer practice and gymnastics to piano lessons and tree climbing, to dealing with life’s tests, I discovered that the best tool for balancing movement and stillness in my life was yoga. Since 1999, my yoga gusto grew into an urgent desire to share the unique experience that yoga can bring to each individual. I trained to facilitate yoga classes in Seattle at The Samarya Center for Integrated Movement Therapy and Ashtanga Yoga™ in 2006. Since then I’ve been digging deeper. I taught group and private sessions in New York City including kid’s yoga, yoga for cyclists, YMCA group exercise, hosting monthly yoga brunches and workshops, managing a small community yoga studio in Bed Stuy to teaching tense hedge fund managers and co-teaching a retreat in Costa Rica or teaching in unlikely spaces with an independent project called Dig Yoga. I’ve also collaborated with musicians like Mayteana Morales and Saretta Wesley and AJ Block with the Didge Project for yoga classes with live music.
I studied Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project, Sanskrit with Manorama, and practice asana both independently and with brilliant instructors like Genny Kapuler. Most recently, I completed a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Summer Quashie. I read classic yogic texts and strive for a sattvic lifestyle.
By good use of asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy and its applications, yoga can enhance all aspects of living. To me, the practice is a celebration of being alive and able in the world: Inspiration (breath) + Action (kriya). Influenced by the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, my classes move dynamically and settle into moments of bringing individual consciousness to one’s body, breath and mind. My highest interest lies in infusing awareness and curiosity with my students and helping them to ignite their innate power and strength. My hope is that we can be better in our communities and the world by working on ourselves. In addition to teaching yoga, I’ve taught English and Interpersonal Communications and worked at a Physical Therapy clinic. Off the mat, I like to ride bikes, write poetry and started a neon company called Noble Neon with my partner, Cedar Mannan.