Where are you from?
New Jersey, the Garden State!
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
Burritos stuffed with leftovers. This is pretty much what I eat every day! (Wait, Steph – does that mean you’d have an infinity of burritos stuffed with left-over burritos? !) 🙂
Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
Coffee! Americanos are my favorite.
What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
I stay pretty active! I like to run, bike, and swim to complement my yoga practice. I also love to garden in my yard, play with my dog, experiment with composting and other urban agriculture projects, and cook tasty meals. I generally have a lot of projects going at once 🙂
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from being outside. I love being in nature hiking, biking, sitting, and just being. I also love sitting with my bead collection and seeing what type of jewelry I can come up with.
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
Getting lost in a big foreign city and/or finding backcountry hikes to explore new terrain.
Three songs you love:
Obvious Child by Paul Simon,
Like Wow by Beck,
Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders
Favorite yoga posture?
Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I find that practicing yoga allows me to draw from within, meaning that I don’t need much external motivation to get into my practice–additionally, the benefits of practice are immediate and grounding. In yoga classes, I love drawing energy and inspiration from others in the class by learning stories of other students and watching people grow over time. I practice yoga because of the way it makes me feel. At this point in my life, I am ready to teach to be able to share those feelings with others. If I am able to instill any of the benefits yoga has provided to me over the years, that would fulfill any dreams I have of becoming a teacher for others. Yoga connects me to my true self, while also pushing me to grow, challenging myself in new ways, and reminding me to never take myself too seriously. Practicing yoga builds my confidence and continues to teach me about who I am and who I want to be.
Practice with Steph:
Sundays, 4pm Vinyasa and 5:30pm Relax & Restore. More about Steph in her bio!