Who are you?
Hello! I’m a dedicated yoga student, primarily in the Krishnamacharya lineage, and my formal asana training is exclusively in the Iyengar method. Beyond styles and traditions, yoga is a tool for me to answer the question “Who am I?” more fully.
What’s your “yoga resume”?
I began yoga at about 6 or 7 years old. I started taking hatha classes while in high school. I received my first 500-Hour certification from Pacific Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 and taught yoga for four years after that. In 2012 – realizing the folly of managing a full-time, demanding professional career and teaching yoga part time – I turned the focus on my personal practice.
I attended the 500-hour Advanced Studies program at the San Francisco Iyengar Institute in 2013 and 2014. I took a year of training with Judith Hanson Lasater, and I’m studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India for two months in 2015.
While recognizing there’s a time and place for most yoga styles, I appreciate the Iyengar method for its keen focus on techniques of body movement and alignment. I’m a big fan of Restorative Yoga and would choose it as my “desert island” yoga practice.
Who’s your teacher?
Teachers I have trained with and am influenced by are:
- Theresa Elliott, for relentlessly tinkering with ways to unlock a pose, and incorporating insights from Physical Therapy. (If she looks familiar, she’s the model for 30 Essential Poses.)
- Kathryn Payne, for igniting the fire of learning Sanskrit and philosophy in me.
- Judith Hanson Lasater, for teaching me about ahimsa in speech and thoughts via non-violent communication, for ignite the fire to study yoga anatomy in me, and for the lessons on living my yoga.
- Donald Moyer, for showing me how to think of my body as a laboratory and to practice with attention to detail, and for his incomparable compassion.
- Jaki Nett, for her #realtalk approach to practicing yoga while living a “householder life”. Jaki is my main teacher in the Iyengar system.
- Victoria Austin, who integrates Zen Buddhism in her philosophy.
- Carrie Owerko, who shows me that Iyengar yoga can be seriously playful.
- Ramanand Patel, who ignites the fire to study Vedanta philosophy in me.
- I practice Vipassana Meditation and am a big fan of Shinzen Young. I’ve done two 10-day meditation courses taught by S.N. Goenka.
I’m an Interaction Designer by school and by trade. I have great affinity for entrepreneurship, technology, and startups. As of May 2015, I’m taking a sabbatical from full time employment and traveling the world with my husband to take pictures of cats.
I’m fluent in Vietnamese, and thanks to a year of living in France, I’ve learned to say non merci when offered a plate of roquefort cheese and mais oui! to joie de vivre.
May we be protected together.
May we be nourished together.
May we create strength among one another.
May our study be filled with brilliance and light.
May there be no hostility between us.
Om peace, peace, peace.
– Yoga Student Teacher Prayer