My Story

 
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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.

I currently teach at Jaya Yoga and Harbor Fitness, among others, and recently served as mentor to Jaya’s 200 hour trainees.

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.