I was introduced to meditation and yoga in 1994, and have continued to explore both, primarily through teachers in the lineage of Krishnamacharya. I am so grateful for the wordless spaces that yoga and meditation offer. I taught full-time in NYC from 2005-2011. In 2007, I met my Daoist teacher Master Zhongxian Wu. Since then I’ve been learning the roots of Chinese medicine through the moving (DaoYin) and meditative practices of the Hidden Immortal 隱仙 and Wu 巫 (shamanic) lineages. I also have a deep love for the teachings and practices of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.
In 2012, I began studying bodywork through the modalities of Zero Balancing and SourcePoint Therapy. I was certified in Zero Balancing in April 2017.
In addition to meditative movement practices and hands-on bodywork, I study traditional Western herbalism and Amazonian plant medicine. I completed a year long course on herbal medicine and the body systems with Gail Faith Edwards, as well as David Crow’s Medicinal Plants & Spiritual Evolution course.
Please find below some brief information on my lineages in Daoist practices and yoga.
DAOIST PRACTICES: Qigong & Internal Alchemy
I study within the Hidden Immortal 隱仙 and Wu 巫 (Chinese shamanic) lineages. Forms I teach range from seated meditations to internal martial arts, such as DaiShi XinYi Quan (Dai family heart-mind practices). Taiji (T’ai Chi) is a form of inner cultivation and I teach a short form from the Hidden Immortal Lineage.
Daoism speaks to me in its direct integration with nature, cosmology, space and time. Since 2007, my teacher has been Master Zhongxian Wu. I’ve been fortunate to study in his lifelong training program (learning the roots of Chinese medicine and cosmology) and to travel to China with him to experience the Daoist internal alchemy practices.
Please scroll to the end of this page to see a list of all forms I share.
I began practicing yoga in 1994 and was certified to teach by Laughing Lotus in 2005. I share the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who taught T.K.V. Desikachar, B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. My studies have primarily been through the Iyengar Institute and The Shala, in addition to learning therapeutics with Ellen Saltonstall, and Body-Mind Centering at the Breathing Project.
Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Dao.
The more you know,
the less you understand.
The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing. – Laozi, trans. S Mitchell
QIGONG & INTERNAL ALCHEMY PRACTICES I TEACH:
Shaking – inner dancing and drumming as opener to all forms
TuGuNaXing – take in the new, release the old seated meditation
Three Treasures Standing Form
Shamanic Cosmic Orbit (seated or standing)
Fire Dragon Meridian Standing Form
Five Elements Standing Form
Five Dragons Standing From
Five Dragons Seated Meditation
Shamanic Tiger Standing Form
DaiShi XinYi Quan – Dai Family Heart-Mind internal martial arts
Hidden Immortal Lineage Taiji – Mother Form only (8 movements, BaGua)