My love of movement began with dance lessons at age 4, and my first encounter with yoga was in 1992 as a student of art history at Barnard College in New York City. I dabbled for years, neither serious nor committed, but always curious. After completing an MSc at The London School of Economics and Political Science, I moved to Hong Kong to put my degrees to use, and tried out my corporate persona in Marketing and Communications management. It was during these days of working hard and playing hard that I discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 2001, and life took a different turn. I committed to deeper learning, and in 2007, I began making trips to Mysore, India, to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and R. Saraswathi Jois before returning home and having one baby, and then another. These babies – who are now 12 and 8 years old – are both the backbone and fruits of my yoga practices. I am grateful to have received teaching Authorization from KPJAYI and am honored to have shared this beautiful and transformative practice with students in Hong Kong, India, Denmark, Germany and the U.S. I believe that yoga practices should be shared in a completely supportive and accepting space, in which practitioners safe and free to have their unique and ever-evolving needs addressed on a moment-to-moment basis .
Starting with the pregnancy of my first child, I began to feel the distinct alignment of birth and yoga - of birth as yoga - both carrying the potential of deep spiritual practice and transformation. Birthing my babies - the first as an unplanned c-section and the second as a planned HBAC, and then being immersed into motherhood and parenting - asked of me more than I thought I was capable of. Strength and softness, paying attention and letting go, observing and choosing the reaction, an all-consuming love and the awareness of my own attachment, receptiveness and boundaries -- so many paradoxes merging and intertwining to create a certain symbiosis that felt natural, full of grace, and often completely chaotic. Sound familiar? My years of yoga practice had me well-prepared for the deepest practice I have ever known.
A few years ago, I began apprenticing with
my dear friend and mentor who is a seasoned and doula and childbirth educator. Supporting mothers and their families is an incredible
honor, and to witness a new life coming air-side is a precious miracle every, single time. I realized that I want to go deeper into this calling, so I have embarked upon the studies that will lead me to become a licensed midwife.