For over a decade, regardless of where I have been in the world, my yoga practice has not only given me the tools to adapt to new environments, but it has also been a direct and often immediate connection to a community that shares the same morals and values as me.
When I moved to Boston in 2006 to get my master’s in Public Health I started practicing Forrest Yoga intensely and eventually went on to complete the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training Course in 2007. I completed the Advanced Forrest Teacher Training in 2010 and 2015 and the Forrest Yoga Mentorship in 2015 with Heidi Sormaz, owner of Fresh Yoga in New Haven, CT. To balance my Forrest yoga teaching I trained in Restorative yoga with Judith Lasater in 2012.
I have always felt that Forrest Yoga's strong focus on the connection between body, breath and consciousness has not only allowed me to work deeply in my own body, but has provided me with a solid foundation as a teacher to help guide my students in their own practice.
Students have described my classes, whether Forrest-inspired vinyasa or strict Forrest, as challenging and fun! I do my best to create an environment that plays by the yogic rules of mindful breathing, alignment and non-harming to the body that allows my students to shift not only physically but mentally at their own pace.
I am an Assistant Professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health in the Departments of Global Health & Epidemiology. My work is predominately focused on the impact of chronic infectious (HIV and tuberculosis) and non-infectious (diabetes and cardiovascular disease) in sub-Saharan Africa.