I'm queer, white and Southern; Scorpio sun, Sagittarius rising; Enneagram Type 4; Meyers-Briggs ENFJ. I’m also an artist and an activist, and for me, these paths are tightly interwoven. My artistic practice influences my yoga practice, and my activism shapes the structure of my teaching, and vice versa.
I’ve been through hundreds of hours of yoga training (including 200-hour trainings here and here, and additional learning here and here) and I continue to study and deepen my practice. I have immense gratitude for all my teachers, especially Heide Grace, Sean Johnson, Mitchel Bleier, and Laura Jarrait.
In the more than seven years I’ve been teaching yoga, I’ve taught at countless locations outside of my regular studio classes at Yoga Bywater: an elementary school, a women’s shelter, a rehab facility, a summer camp, a coffee shop, at parade line-ups, and in many living rooms.
When I’m not doing yoga, I’m co-artistic director of theater ensemble NEW NOISE, director of the Panoramblers dance troupe, and a proud member of Alternate ROOTS. I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and have lived in New Orleans since 2004.
It sometimes seems impossible to change our tender and brutal world, but when I walk into the yoga studio every evening to teach, I get to participate in creating the world as I wish it were: loving, equitable, and aiming towards justice.
My classes (and most classes at Yoga Bywater) are sliding scale, which means the student determines the amount they can afford to pay for each class. Sliding scale is a means of making yoga more accessible, by making it more affordable for those who need it to be, while those who are able to pay more do so. This is different than a class that just happens to be cheap.
Drop-in classes are sliding scale $10-20. Prices for workshops and series classes vary based on length. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds, and I’m always open to trade or barter (with agreements made in advance). Students generally pay anonymously on the honor system. So, how much should you pay? Only you can determine this, but some helpful hints are below.
You might pay near the high end of the sliding scale if:
You might pay near the low end of the sliding scale if:
Folks of all shapes, shades, and levels of experience are encouraged to attend! Most of us receive negative messages about our bodies on a daily basis, and some of us (women, people of color, folks in larger bodies, and gender nonconforming folks, among others) receive more of these messages than others. I work hard to welcome enthusiastic practitioners (and some reluctant ones too) of all body shapes, skin colors, and gender presentations. I teach modifications and use props to make the poses accessible for all bodies, abilities and experience levels.
Read more of my thoughts on body positivity in yoga over here.
I ask permission before I touch my students through physical adjustments, every class, every time. I don’t assume consent is implied. Though it is empowering for all students to maintain control of their own bodies, this practice is particularly relevant to trauma survivors and survivors of sexual assault (which is one in three women, and me). I’m deeply aware of the impact that consent makes on many students’ abilities to experience yoga as an empowering practice through which we can develop and nurture autonomy in our own bodies.
To read more on my thoughts about consent, click here.