Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle
Svadyaya is self-study
I'm a yogi, vegan, advocate, arts patron, and explorer.
YOGI: Since I walked into my first yoga class 15 years ago, yoga has continued to challenge, inspire and surprise me. Among the many benefits of yoga, I believe it can be a pathway to self-awareness, loving kindness and social change.
As a 200-hour registered yoga instructor certified through 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, I have an alignment-based, mindfulness practice focusing on safely building strength and mobility. With the best intentions, humor and kindness, I guide students to connect to their bodies, their selves and others by interweaving yoga philosophy and a physical practice. I'm currently pursuing my 500 hour teacher training with 8 Limbs and recently completed Insight Yoga Teacher Training I & II with Sarah Powers, who focuses on integrating yoga, Buddhism and psychology through a balanced approach of yin and yang yoga.
VEGAN: Following the yogic principle of ahimsa, or non-harming, I have been a vegan since 2010. I am empowered by the choices I make and encouraged by societal progress to reduce cruelty to animals and violence in all its forms. As a vegan, or an "herbivore," I do not consume or use any animal products and refuse to participate in the exploitation of animals in any industry. Veganism is an ethical choice and the way to optimal health for our bodies and the planet. I have a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, which has taught me the efficacy of eating vegan for health and environmental reasons. With increased awareness of the interconnected nature of all life, I hope we can live together more gently and kindly.
ADVOCATE: My belief in the right of all beings to be free and live in peace has led me to work full-time for Farm Sanctuary, the nation's largest farm animal protection organization. Their mission is to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.
ART PATRON: For about twenty years, I earned my living in the arts--as an academic, an art appraiser, and finally, a fundraiser. Art will always be to me the greatest expression of the human condition, cultivating an empathy that can lead to deeper understanding and awakening. Today, I spend a lot of my time in theatres, soaking up the stories of our peoples.
EXPLORER: Every day is an adventure--from travel that takes me across the globe to an innate curiosity that keeps my mind active and engaged, I rarely find myself bored. My work and yoga practice sustain me and my connection to the universe and all living beings. With respect for those beings and the multitude of cultures and ecosystems that make up our planet, I live in a way that I hope promotes loving kindness and compassion for all.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu