Everyone has a story about their first yoga class. My journey began in acting school. While attending Emerson College an acting teacher told me I should take a yoga class to address several physical issues that were affecting my flexibility and openness as an actor. I took my first Iyengar yoga class with Patricia Walden in 1999. Since then yoga has played a part in my life. Sometimes I am immersed in the physical practice, and sometimes I am simply living my yoga. I became a certified yoga teacher through Open Doors Yoga Studios in February 2010. I find the daily practice of yoga dramatically affects my quality of life. Yoga adds calm and peace to my life. I believe that everyone can benefit from the balance and self-reflection that yoga brings, no matter how flexible their bodies are. I appreciate a variety of yoga styles, and my vinyasa classes are influenced by my 12 years of study in the Iyengar style, which has a strong focus on alignment. I also participate in triathlons and will be racing Timberman 70.3 Half Ironman this year. In addition to teaching yoga, I am also a middle school drama teacher for the Boston Public Schools in Mattapan. My greatest inspiration is my daughter, Ruby Rose, who was born on September 3, 2010. She teaches me to live in the moment and to take joy in the little things in life! I live with Ruby and my husband, Ed in Roslindale.