Hi, I’m Hope. I help women and men find ease and joy through physical practices, breathwork, mindfulness, and mentorship.
I believe these tools can help us live fully embodied, compassionate, and fearless lives. The kind of lives that can make the world a better place.
In addition to my 200 hour certification, I bring these experiences to my teaching:
Classical ballet training
Academic studies in Comparative Religion
Study of 13th century Muslim mystic Ibn ‘Arabi with Sufi Group
Worship and pastoral counseling at an Episcopalian Church
Volunteer work at the Catholic Worker’s Mary House
Volunteer work at Continuum Care Hospice
Step work in two 12-step programs
Extensive psychotherapy with a Jungian analyst
Training in hands-on assists, yoga for trauma, and Katonah yoga
ACE Personal Training Certification (in process)
Buddhism and mindfulness are central both to my personal practice and to my teaching. For ten years I was a student of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism. During that time I spent two and a half years in residency at Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of New York City. I received the 16 Buddhist precepts from my teacher, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Roshi.
Aside from yoga and meditation, my passions are literature, cooking, Italian-American culture, and cats. I live in Brooklyn with my wife Sara and our four feline friends. Our sweet little family is about to grow as we prepare to adopt a child or two from the foster care system.
I am extremely grateful to my teachers, Carla Stangenberg and Ramit Kreitner, and to past teachers Shugen Roshi, Genny Kapuler and Abbie Galvin.