As a very active only child, my parents signed me up for every sport they could think of: soccer, swimming, lacrosse, cross country, and figure skating. For years, I would spend my mornings and nights shuttling from one sport to another. By far, my favorite sport growing up was figure skating. I spent every morning and weekend practicing, and my parents fully supported me by driving or flying me to every competition. Figure skating brought me to yoga. As part of my strength and flexibility training for figure skating, I began taking yoga classes. At the time, I viewed them as just a tiny part of what I needed to do to become successful with figure skating. Then, at 16 years old, I tore both of my ACLs and needed to undergo three surgeries – effectively ending my athletic career as I had known it my whole life.
For many years, I experienced so much knee pain that I was limited in the types of activities I could do. I took a handful of free yoga classes offered on campus during college, but never fell in love with it. After graduating from college, I moved straight to New York City to work as a paralegal at a law firm. The hours were hell, and it took me a couple of years to adapt to the fast pace of the city. I had all but forgotten about yoga.
In 2011, I began attending Brooklyn Law School. For the first time in my life, I was completely overwhelmed with stress and had no idea how to manage it. I tried going to the gym and running, but everything seemed to hurt my knees and discourage me from trying. One night I decided that, at the very least, I could try yoga to help with stress relief. At the time, I was living on 23rd and 1st Avenue and when I googled “yoga”, up came Yoga to the People II – just two blocks away from my apartment (sadly, it has since closed down)! I went to my first class that night, and I haven’t looked back since.
Since then, the yoga has been with me through every stressful event – law school, multiple bar exams, breakups, and moves. I have met fellow yogis who inspire me to become more, visited dozens of studios, and experimented with different types of yoga. After all of these years of practice, in the summer of 2017 I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training course at The Yoga School NY. I now volunteer teach with Exhale to Inhale, which brings yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.