C & R: When did you start your yoga practice?
DS: I was about 18 when I started flirting with yoga. I was in performing arts – as a singer, dancer and actor, so I’m naturally flexible but wanted to bring some strength into my flexibility.
C & R: What is it about yoga that spoke to you?
DS: I was always intrigued by those super bendy poses and wondered if I could do them myself. Of course now, I have a different appreciation for yoga in my life – it brings me tremendous peace, balance, healing for stress, even self-love.
C & R: Favorite pose?
DS: Vasisthasana (a side plank opening into a split). Definitely one of those crazy bendy poses!
C & R: What pose do most students ask you about after class?
DS: Probably walking stance. Any pose where your hips are squared but your legs are skewed are challenging for most students.
C & R: Body Art has really started to take off! What do you love about it?
DS: There’s a flow to the class that is quite beautiful. The five stages – arrival, expansion, circulation, descending, relaxing – work in conjunction for a complete workout that’s gentle, effective and feels like a release. There are modifications for every move which means that any student can enjoy this class.
C & R: Tips for new students?
DS: Any student really – honor your body first and foremost. Work on alignment before perfect poses. Every body really is different.
C & R: Finally, where can we find you when you’re not in the studio?
DS: My background in theater arts has given me a love for communication and connecting with people. I’m now studying French translation at Montclair State – I look forward to communicating and connecting in a whole new way.