Though I wasn’t conscious of it at the time, my journey to yoga actually began during my childhood in Romania.  As part of both a Communist society and the country’s Junior Olympic Gymnastics Team, I was exposed to extraordinary mental and physical challenges at a young age.  Although my body developed great strength through gymnastics (and I found surprising solitude being upside down), I often lived in fear. That reality is reflected in my emphasis on the mental aspect of yoga.  In class, I focus on strengthening the mind as much as on strengthening the body. In the end, I perceived the true test of anyone’s practice is the change that occurs off the mat.

While I have a reputation as a demanding teacher, I welcome questions and am able to modify poses to accommodate students of different levels.  My approach to the practice blends different classical styles with a focus on alignment, arm balances and inversions. All of my classes are characterized by joy and laughter, and deeply rooted in community—with an admitted twist of militant encouragement due to my Eastern European heritage! 

 

Not So Namaste

On the eve of the Romanian revolution, junior Olympic gymnast Ella Cojocaru tries to escape her government training facility. Official Selection DOC NYC 2015 Directed by Rita Baghdadi & Jeremiah Hammerling.

Though I wasn’t conscious of it at the time, my journey to yoga actually began during my childhood in Romania.  As part of both a Communist society and the country’s Junior Olympic Gymnastics Team, I was exposed to extraordinary mental and physical challenges at a young age.  Although my body developed great strength through gymnastics (and I found surprising solitude being upside down), I often lived in fear. That reality is reflected in my emphasis on the mental aspect of yoga.  In class, I focus on strengthening the mind as much as on strengthening the body. In the end, I perceived the true test of anyone’s practice is the change that occurs off the mat.

While I have a reputation as a demanding teacher, I welcome questions and am able to modify poses to accommodate students of different levels.  My approach to the practice blends different classical styles with a focus on alignment, arm balances and inversions. All of my classes are characterized by joy and laughter, and deeply rooted in community—with an admitted twist of militant encouragement due to my Eastern European heritage! 

 

Not So Namaste

On the eve of the Romanian revolution, junior Olympic gymnast Ella Cojocaru tries to escape her government training facility. Official Selection DOC NYC 2015 Directed by Rita Baghdadi & Jeremiah Hammerling.