"I teach, but I'm a student first."
"Arielle has so much knowledge! I loved that she really knows what she is talking about and does not beat around the bush."
~ Kaitlyn, USA, 2014
Before I started yoga, I was a competitive athlete and I didn't have a good relationship with my body. After trying other styles, things really started to shift for me when I found ashtanga yoga and committed to a daily self practice. My internal dialogue changed, in particular, the conversation with my body became more positive and respectful.
The practice became a mirror for my life. I started to realize that the things that were coming up for me, and how I was breathing, on the mat were a reflection of what was going on in my life, off the mat. Now when I hit an area of struggle, rather than fighting myself, I trust that if I stick with it, and breathe, then I can get through it.
I'm a mother of twins, so every minute I get to practice t is a gift. The dedicated time to work on my relationship with myself has a profound impact on how I show up for my kids - how I parent. Practice has also helped me get re-acquainted with my body and accept how it has changed after a twin pregnancy and natural birth.
I teach what I have learned through my own direct experience in practice, what my teachers have taught me and my additional personal study. I am grateful for the privilege to travel to Mysore, India each year to study with my primary teacher, R. Sharath Jois. My teaching is also heavily influenced by Paul Dallaghan and Richard Freeman.
Even as a teenager I loved anatomy and movement, which lead me to a degree in human kinetics. I am constantly amazed by the design and capabilities of the human body. I am fortunate to be able to combine my passion for yoga practices and knowledge in anatomy in my teaching.
We are in a constant state of change. The practices help guide that change. Our teachers are there to help us along the way, but the practice itself is the true teacher.
I teach, but I am a student first.