How did you find your way to yoga?
Through friends in college who invited me to an Iyengar class one day. That was it-I knew I’d never stop practicing.
2. What do you do for a living?
I organize HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis testing events in York and Cumberland counties. In addition, I educate folks about STD screening, testing, and treatment. A lot of my work this year is also educating health care providers about the need for extra-genital testing to capture more localized infections on Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. If you use it, test it! Finally, myself and other staff are increasing awareness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.
3. Are you able to incorporate your yoga practice into your career or into your daily life off the mat?
Definitely. The idea of coming to the mat with an open mind and heart is essential in public health and harm reduction work. At India Street we meet people where there are, without judgement, every day. Without judgement of others, or yourself, you’re able to have honest conversations that actually get to the heart of what people need.
4. What is the best thing about the Lila yoga community?
Tea in the winter! Or Taylor playing the harmonium! But really, I’d say the welcoming atmosphere of the space. It feels like unrolling your mat at home.