To be completely honest, I never thought of myself as a yoga instructor. I initially found yoga 15 years
ago when I moved to Philadelphia from NYC. I thought it would be a great way to ease into a regular
fitness routine at my gym. I was fortunate to find a great instructor and class that I attended religiously for
about 5 years. But at that time in my life, yoga was about getting more fit and flexible, learning poses and
achieving them over time. That was when I was in my late 20s. Then my career and personal life took me
in other directions, and I fell far away from any yoga practice for about 7 or 8 years.
More recently, as the challenges of adult life seemed to be taking a heavy toll on my emotional/spiritual
balance, I began to feel really stuck. And then one morning I woke up and could not bend my hands.
Bloodwork suggested I had an autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis. That was 10 months ago,
and soon after I found my way back to the mat. This time, the experience was different--there was
meaning and purpose in every breath and movement, and I started to contemplate how yoga could help
me achieve optimal health and life balance. I felt inspired and motivated to deepen my knowledge of
yogic philosophy and am currently enrolled in the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at
For me, yoga creates a sacred space in my day--to breathe, move, reflect, connect, find love, gratitude,
and peace, despite all of my imperfections. Yoga shows me how to feel alive, to live life purposefully and
with grace, and has opened up a new path for self-discovery. And yes, it has been so important in treating
my RA as well! The more I practice, the more I learn, and the more I practice and learn, I've realized that I
am finding my life's true purpose.
After graduation in June, I hope you will join me for a class and explore the wonders and gifts that yoga
has to offer. I look forward to meeting you on this journey.