About my practice
Once you know the way
the nature of attention will call you
to return, again and again,
and be saturated with knowing,
“I belong here, I am at home here.”
-Radiance Sutras, Sutra #26 - Lorin Roche
"Go inside yourself. Discover the motive that bids you to write ; examine whether it sends roots down to the deepest places of your heart, confess to yourself whether you would have to die if writing were denied you. This before all : ask yourself in the quietest hour of your night : must I write? Dig down into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be in the affirmative, if you may meet this solemn question with a strong and simple "I must", then build your life according to this necessity ; your life must, right to its most unimportant and insignificant hour, become a token and a witness of this impulse. Then draw near to nature."
-Letters to a Young Poet, I - Rainer Maria Rilke
My yoga practice began long before I discovered the actual practice of yoga, with a faint calling towards a truth beyond myself. It began with a deep curiosity and a child whose tendency it was to withdraw into imagination and self reflection. It began in the national parks across America during annual family vacations. It developed into a strong desire to learn, explore and discover. It grew out of a necessity to make sense of tragedy and loss. My yoga practice started and continues to be a practice of returning again and again to that original calling. It is a path without a clear destination and one that sometimes gets strayed from, guided strictly by the soul. It is a path of revelation, desire, passion, frustration, love and everything under the sun because my practice of yoga is my practice of living.
Speaking in terms of the popular image, I came to the practice of yoga and meditation in 2010. Without the time or money for yoga classes, I spent the first four years with an introductory book, a mat and my bedroom floor. I woke up at 6 AM each morning to squeeze in an hour practice before the start of my day, motivated by an emptiness felt on days I skipped my practice. As Rilke explains, it became a necessity. My early investigations led me towards figures such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Krista Tippett, whose show On Being brought me to Joanna Macy who introduced me to the works of Rilke. My sources began to grow as did my practice as I tested my first yoga studios - a power yoga studio and jivamukti studio in Charleston, South Carolina, both of which I abandoned in favor for a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center.
After extensive traveling, I found my way back home in New Orleans as well as to Wild Lotus Yoga, where I graduated with a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification. Immediately after graduation, I was accepted to their six month mentorship program and began teaching regularly at the studio that nurtured me, educated me and without a doubt in my mind the strongest asset in my success.
My classes reflect my experiences and the wisdom drawn from them. I utilize a number of techniques in my classes ranging from asana, pranayama, meditation, poetry, sound and universal imagery. I teach with a sensitivity to the seasons, staying close to our natural cycles as biological and spiritual beings. Above all, it is my intention to create an environment for the soul to emerge so that students may discover their own truths.
Note: the images paneling the sides are my own originals taken during my travels, exception being the image of my house pre and post Katrina which were taken by my family for insurance purposes.