As a Bikram Instructor with sixteen years of teaching experience and and nineteen-year yoga practice, I’ve encountered a wide variety of teaching styles and techniques. I firmly believe that a strong ba
Graduating from the Bikram Teacher Training course in the spring of 2006 left me hungry for a deeper grasp of the human body and and its inner workings. In search of such awareness, I enrolled at The Swedish Institute in 2008 and completed a three-year intensive course of study rooted heavily in anatomical fundamentals.
Since 2013, I’ve been working closely with Gil Hedley, PhD in his world-renowned Somanautics Workshops anatomy labs and I just recently started assisting Leslie Kaminoff and Lauri Nemetz in their KNM-Labs dissection courses.
The story of Deep Root Massage is a story of exploration. Just as each session with a massage client is an exploration of what the physical body is presenting in that particular moment, how I found myself in this position was neither linear nor preordained.
My understanding of and appreciation for the human body is a convergence of multiple deep passions of which I became aware not all at once, but incrementally along my journey. A boyfriend accompanied me to my very first yoga class in Boston back in 2003. I had no way of anticipating it but that first class unearthed in me a penchant for yoga that was buried deep beneath my surface. I was oblivious to it but apparently, the boyfriend had seen it all along. Halfway through that very first class, I told myself that I would one day teach this yoga. I have a vivid recollection of that epiphany-moment. It wasn't until two and a half years later that I was able to get myself to Los Angeles and complete my Yoga Teacher Training, but that fist yoga class was the start of some big changes in my life.
Only one year into my yoga-teaching career, it because clear to me that there was an underlying yearning for a deeper comprehension of the human body and how it operates. So in an effort to become a more skilled and compassionate yoga instructor, I enrolled in massage school. It was at the Swedish Institute in New York City when I started to develop a new way to see the human body on a much deeper plane than what's apparent from the outside, a new way to work with the tissue to elicit change, and a new vocabulary for communicating with others about their own bodies. After three years of massage school, I launched Deep Root Massage and started to help people — through both touch and education — to begin to truly understand their bodies. Once again, I found myself wanting more — in this case, wanting more than what can be discerned from the artist's illustration on the page of the anatomy text or the plastic model.
Three years later was the start of my relationship with some of the most prominent teachers of anatomy through human cadaver dissection. Working in the lab for four years generated an all-new understanding and respect for the human form and all of its various layers. In 2016, I was convinced — once again by a good friend — that it was time to start teaching anatomy myself. So I used the eleven years of experience on my own anatomy journey to compile information in order to develop my own anatomy course. In my course, I attempt to foster in others, that same passion and drive to learn that I had discovered in myself.
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