I'm a Southern California native and a recent transplant to Ann Arbor, MI where I teach Islamic Art History to undergrads. I went to college in Seattle, studied abroad in Paris, did my MA in New York, and traveled to Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel as part of my doctoral studies in Art History which I completed at UCSD in 2018. Clearly I have a love for education, which I brought to my yoga practice in 2017 when I completed my 200 hour YTT at Pilgrimage of the Heart in San Diego.
I first came to yoga after college, but an injury left me believing that my body wasn't built for the practice. Looking for a way to exercise and release stress during graduate school, I gave it another try and, being quite a bit older and (slightly) wiser, learned to listen to my body and make adjustments to build strength to avoid those injuries. This led to a love of yoga that manifests in a daily practice and desire to spread the impact that it has had on my life, as well as the idea that yoga truly is for every body, with others. I'd love for you to be one of them! Scroll down to check out my schedule and practice with me or contact me with any inquiries. I hope to see you soon!
Would you prefer one-on-one instruction or to organize a class for a small group, event, or your business? Sounds great! I offer hatha and vinyasa classes ranging from beginner to intermediate and am happy to work with you to workshop your specific yoga-related goals, be it in terms of flexibility, strength, or specific asana (pose). I would also love to create an experience that caters to an event you're throwing, such as a bachelorette, birthday, or retreat. Send me an email to discuss your specific needs, and for scheduling and rates.
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