Trained in Thai bodywork a decade ago (at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand), I teach Thai massage at New York City wellness centers (such the Harlem Yoga Studio, where I’ll be offering a workshop on May 12, 2018) and do massage sessions at local events (such as the NYC Century Ride and other bike happenings sponsored by Transportation Alternatives). My regular clients are invited to pay sliding-scale fees. You’re welcome to work with me to make bodywork affordable! For more information or to schedule a session, please email me at

Through 2018, I’m working on a book about how yoga can shake up and transform people’s lives, prompting them to switch careers, venture to far-flung places, accomplish the unthinkable—and interpret this ancient practice in new ways. If you know practitioners/experts who I should feature, or want more info, please email me at

My first childhood memory is of doing yoga on a gold shag rug with my pregnant mother before she gave birth to my sister. Mom flopped into a full forward bend. I giggled, then did the same.

Since rediscovering yoga as an undergraduate at Trinity College in Dublin—and since falling in love again with the serenity, serendipity, and stress release that yoga can bring—I’ve moved to New York City; become a yoga instructor; and plunged into teaching classes at studios as well as Bayview Correctional Facility and Edgecombe Correctional Facility. Starting in the spring of 2018, I’ll be teaching regular Thursday-evening classes at the Morris Jumel Mansion, a historic site that is located in Sugar Hill, Harlem and that is the oldest home in Manhattan.

My basic certification (which I earned in April 2000) is from the Integral Yoga Institute, which opened in 1966 and is the oldest yoga center in New York City. Integral’s founder was Sri Swami Satchidananda (pictured below), who is famous for giving the invocation that launched the Woodstock Music Festival; for laughing to himself when no one seemed to be listening; for loving and accepting people despite their all-too-human flaws; and for teaching that the key to happiness is working to lead an “easeful, peaceful, useful life.”

After 9/11, I launched and taught “Om Sweet Om” community yoga classes for four years at Columbia University (where I went to graduate school); Union Theological Seminary; and the Riverside Church.

I also helped launch Yoga For Peace, which commemorates the 9/11 attacks and raises money for global anti-war initiatives. Yoga For Peace has since become part of the Global Mala Project, which sponsors the performance of a yoga mala (108 sun salutations) at more than 300 sites across the world every year.

I write occasionally for Yoga Journal, and my favorite New York City yoga studios include Om Factory, Integral Yoga, the World Yoga Center, Golden Bridge, and Laughing Lotus. I’m also a fan of the Shambhala Meditation Center, Vipassana Meditation, AcroYoga, Chill Mudra Productions, Green Circus Yoga, Circus Minimus Yoga, Denver’s Samadhi Center for Yoga and San Francisco’s Yoga Tree studios.



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