I love yoga and cannot imagine my life without it, but it hasn't always been that way.
I played competitive tennis for most of my life and people often suggested incorporating yoga into my training routine but I just couldn't get into it. The yoga classes I tried out were always full of incredibly flexible people that looked like they could be on magazine covers and I always felt embarrassed with how much I struggled to work with even the simplest poses. I firmly decided that yoga was not for me.
When I was 19 I spent a summer living at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in India studying the intersection of Buddhist contemplative practices and contemporary scientific research on neurology and psychology. I also met the person I would consider to be my first true yoga teacher. As an ex-D1 football player from Brooklyn, he presented a side of yoga that I had never seen before and offered me a glimpse of the depth and breadth of what the practice can offer. By the end of 3 months of regular practice together, I was completely sold on yoga as a tool for strengthening and balancing both my body and my mind.
The following year I completed my bachelor's in Religious Studies and Chinese at Pomona College. Eager to find a way to unite my passion for Indian and Chinese philosophy with a more embodied practice like yoga, I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training, as well as became certified in massage therapy.
I am incredibly passionate about learning both mentally and physically, and nothing makes me happier than finding ways to share that knowledge with others. I believe a healthy body and an open, stable mind are the keys to success in all other areas of life and have devoted my life to equipping others with the tools to take care of themselves and thrive. It is a great honor to be a part of the YoMIND team and I'm constantly excited and inspired by the work it allows me to do. Thank you!