Yes, I am an M.D. that now “works” as a yoga instructor. My father always told me to follow my passions and that if I did so, I would never feel like I worked a day in my life. I am an athlete, an artist, a medical doctor/surgeon, a coach, a mother, a spiritual person, and a certified yoga instructor. I am trained in the Hatha style of yoga, which is a style of flow in which breath is linked with the poses, or asanas, in a moving meditation that allows time to deepen into the postures. As an artist, it is really fun to express myself by creatively linking asanas into challenging, dynamic flows. I am also trained in breathwork, meditation, the use of props and the wall for modification and enhancement, the appropriate use of assists, and teaching through a trauma sensitive lens. I have always had an insatiable thirst for knowledge about the topics of neuroscience, psychology, and perception and their interconnectedness with human physiology both biochemically and biomechanically. So, the fact that there is scientific data to support the multitude of health and neuropsychological benefits of yoga and other mindfulness practices really gets me excited.
I majored in biology and psychology with concentrations in neurobiology and neuropsychology at Cornell University where I played Varsity field hockey for 4 years. Following graduation, I spent a year at CHOP assisting with research on the ketogenic diet as a treatment for epilepsy, which led me to develop a profound respect for and understanding of our food as medicine that affects our brain and body chemistry. After attending medical school at Georgetown University, I followed my passion for athletics into a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Rothman Institute. When I decided to focus on family life, coaching field hockey and lacrosse became my career. As a coach, I enjoyed designing sport specific strength and conditioning programs to improve athletes’ agility, balance, strength, speed, endurance, and mental performance. Teaching Hot Yoga Sculpt has been a natural transition for me that combines my knowledge of strength training, yoga, and love of making playlists filled with upbeat music.
When challenges in my life sidelined me in ways I never could have imagined, yoga was something that helped me mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It helped me to feel like a strong athlete again. It makes perfect sense that my journey has led me to the study and instruction of yoga, because it is such a beautiful expression and combination of all of my interests. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the gift that yoga has been in my life with others. My goal is to support you on your journey to increased levels of joy, energy, inner peace, health, strength, flexibility, and FOCUS.