As a child, it was impossible to stop my imagination. I snuck books places to read in secret, and stayed up until all hours reading, lost in imaginary worlds. I told stories in plays and songs, and authored an endless number of books. One of my proudest moments was receiving a 1st place trophy for reading the most books of anyone in the entire third grade. Stories have always captured my heart.
Fast forward to my years as a marketing coordinator for a start-up lifestyle brand. One day as I was managing the brand's social media pages in the office, I was confronted on Facebook with a post: “If you don't build your dream someone else will hire you to help build theirs.” At that moment I vowed to quit my job and enroll in yoga school to reconnect with my dreams and create a new path forward. My yoga practice and self-study led me back to writing and the stage, and to sharing these practices with others.
In addition to 20+ years of acting and yoga practice with brilliant teachers I continue to study with, I am an E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher), and hold additional specialized certifications in yin and trauma informed teaching practices. I am a lead trainer for RYT 200 training programs facilitated by BambooMove Baltimore and Breathe for Change, as well as a certified Lucid Body instructor and Director of the Lucid Body Teacher Training Program at the Lucid Body House in New York City.
I teach students how to understand and transform the stories we embody, specifically through the lens of somatic movement and creative self-expression. It is my hope by rewriting our personal stories, we collectively rewrite the stories of our communities to create a loving and just world.
Presently, I advocate mindful practices for social change. I am an on-going artistic collaborator with Impact Theatre, devising productions that employ a unique, theatrical catalyst for social change called the Behavior Change Process, created by Mgunga Mwamnyenyelwa and inspired by Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed.