Andy completed his 500-hour Bikram Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga College of India in the fall of 2000. He brought Hot Yoga to his life long home of Martha's Vineyard in 2001 and has been instructing ever since. Andy furthered his asana understanding of muscle tissues and fascia when he obtained his 1300-hour Associates Degree in Massage Therapy from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Wanting to move beyond the physical, Andy studied at the Colorado School of Energy Medicine. His Training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy deepended his understanding of the bioenergetic connection through the yoga practice. Many injuries later, Andy still believed something was missing from his bodywork and yoga practice. It was then that he went to the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. After 5 grueling years, he obtained his Masters in Osteopathic Manipulative Science (M.OMSc.) in the fall of 2012. His Osteopathic training gave him a new foundation, a fresh persepective and a different lens to view the body through the yoga practice. Andy is dedicated to Classical Osteopathy and Classical Yoga, both having a long lineage of therapeutic healers who understood the science of the human body.
Yoga is the cornerstone of my life; it is the spiritual practice from which I relate to myself, others, and the world around me. found yoga at age 20 when I inadvertently took a Kundalini class at a new age shop in my hometown. I wasn't immediately hooked--I am a high energy individual--but it was a stepping stone that led me to Bikram yoga. I fell in love with the heat, the physical practice, and the mental focus that I learned to cultivate in community. I completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2002 and taught Bikram yoga under the supervision & guidance of Jayme McDonough & Amanda Page formerly of Bikram Yoga Stoughton/Foxboro. When a student of mine introduced me to Power Vinyasa yoga in 2003, the rest was history. I completed a 200 hr Power Vinyasa training through Open Doors in Weymouth, MA and then had the honor to study under the tutelage of senior Baptiste teacher, Alyssa Sullivan.
By day I am a psychotherapist specialized in women's mental health with a special interest in body/mind therapy, trauma, and energy work. I completed a trauma-informed yoga teacher training through the The Trauma Institute in Boston in Spring 2008 and use this lens to cultivate safety and awareness in practice. I also regularly integrate yoga into my psychotherapy practice as it is often that the body ultimately tells the story and speaks the truth about our experience.
Over the years I have had the honor to learn from many distinguished teachers including Bryan Kest, Erich Schiffmann, and many others who have a local presence. I am deeply honored that I am able to share the practice with others in community and have found that yoga has provided me with the best access to my truth, compassion, and community. It has taught me the value of holding space, what it means to show up, and has given me the courage to live from my center while gently encouraging me to be accepting of who and where I am.