Photo by Ruth Ann Lowery
I have been practicing yoga for over twenty years, since I was introduced to it by my first teacher, Annie Carpenter, who wasn't even officially a yoga teacher at the time. I have studied with a long list of teachers over these last two decades. Most of my study has been focused on the Iyengar school of thought, which I was introduced to by Lorrie Collins in Indianapolis. After moving to the Washington DC metro area in 2003, I studied with a number of Iyengar teachers at the Unity Woods Studio, including Carol Cavanaugh and Lori Lipton Ritland.
Several years ago, I began exploring other yoga traditions, including Anusara yoga at Willow Street yoga studio in Takoma Park, MD, where my teachers have been Suzie Hurley and A.J. McIntyre. I also studied with a number of teachers at Sun & Moon yoga studio in Arlington, VA, including Jackie Schaeffer, Alex Levin and Amir Tahami. As a teacher trainee at Sun & Moon, I have been privileged to study with several master teachers, including Doug Keller, Tias Little, Barbara Benagh, Baxter Bell and Erich Schiffmann.
I have also studied extensively with several teachers of Bhakti yoga, including Krishna Das, David Newman and Robert Gass. For a few years, I led a Kirtan group at Sun & Moon and am an enthusiastic participant and chant-leader in the Metro DC Kirtan Community.
I completed Sun & Moon's teacher training program at the 200-hour level in July, 2011, and am a Registered Yoga Teacher RYT-200 through Yoga Alliance. I am currently working toward my 500-hour certification at Sun & Moon. I have always been a teacher and, although my prior teaching experience was in science (see my main website for more details), I am finding that much of what I enjoyed about helping people learn about the world around us, applies to teaching anything. The key is to teach what you know, and teach what you love--and when it comes to yoga, both apply!
Photo by Christie Zepeda