As a teacher, my purpose is to empower others to align with their own true selves through yoga. Having practiced yoga for over 20 years and as a devoted Baptiste Yoga student since 2005, I know the unparalleled transformational power of this practice. I have felt it in every area of my life. It is what has brought me to lead our yoga community here at Align Studios.
Baptiste Yoga is my practice. I love it for its alignment principles, for the strengthening of the body, mind, spirit and soul. I was able to work my way through significant injuries that had been longstanding in my body for many years. The recovery of my body led to emotional and spiritual growth. I practice yoga because it grounds me, calms me, and makes me strong. It’s good work with good results. Through many stressful years, the principles of Baptiste Yoga have kept me healthy in body and mind, and helped me train my physiology to remain calm under difficult circumstances.
I practice yoga because it grounds me. It’s the only thing I’ve found that allows me to both push and accept myself at the same time. I’ve learned amazing life lessons through my physical practice – it’s taught me so much about how I relate to people and how to stay open in any situation. It has also been a direct path for me to find my community no matter what city I live in. I teach because I want to create a space for everyone to have those same experiences and appreciate where we all are in this moment. I am entirely committed to supporting endeavors that will contribute to the awesomeness of Portland, Maine. Teaching in a space that encourages everyone to live authentically is the best way I know how to do that.
About 10 years ago I showed up at my first yoga class with inherent flexibility, totally superficial strength, and a mindset that I was going to be Good at yoga. Yoga changed my life, but it took a long time to let that change happen. 1,000 classes later, strength and flexibility coincide as a balanced and integrated part of who I am, and being Good at yoga has become about as important as being Good at whistling.
My classes are for anyone willing to find the time and the space on their mat. I focus mainly on power yoga because this is the style of yoga I fell in love with ten years ago. I strongly believe meditation and flowing, powerful movements help take the busyness out of the mind and can be extremely rewarding for the entire being.
I first practiced yoga at a small gym in Yarmouth Maine. After a year of practice I completed the Baptiste Institutes’ level 1 program and moved to Boulder, Colorado to study the yoga tradition and teaching at Naropa University. There I studied Hatha yoga, yoga meditation, and classical Indian music. I took time off school and moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama with my girlfriend Emily. During that time I taught yoga full time and completed the Baptiste level 2 and level 3 programs.