Meet Andrea (That’s me!)
For me, yoga is a lifestyle: scientific in theory, artistic in application, and always accessible and fun. Nothing excites me more than living vibrantly while loving whole-heartedly and sharing my vitality with others in a way that inspires them to become Tipsy on Life!
My first meditation experience came in eighth grade when my mom bought me books on meditation for anxiety. My first yoga asana class was as a freshman in high school. Like a fish, I was hooked!
My approach to yoga
Mostly Hatha with Iyengar influences and Ayurvedic inspirations. Smiles and giggles are encouraged!
Where I practice
Everywhere! Home, parks, mountains, beaches, studios, airplanes, trains, cars . . . Yoga is a way of living, a state of mind.
Strangest place I’ve practiced yoga asana
Is there such a thing as a strange place to practice yoga? Memorable experiences include the playground where the monkey bars became a lovely replacement for a rope wall and the tire swing gave new meaning to tadasana (mountain pose).
Pilates, dancing, reading, art, food & wine, gardening, animals, and active listening.
Why yoga is Important
Yoga teaches us how to live mindfully, that is, to observe and love our bodies, minds, and environments. It often begins with improving the communication between our minds and bodies to correct the “frenemy” relationship that often unknowingly exists. Ultimately, yoga cultivates a village atmosphere.
Favorite home practice
Each day when I awaken, I enjoy 10 minutes of gentle bed yoga before I start my day. I also enjoy yoga while dancing, singing, cooking, and cleaning. Dancing yoga poses frees my mind, loosens up my body, and is playful. Singing while doing yoga asana is fun breath work and teaches me to breathe wholesomely. Doing yoga poses while cooking makes the food taste better, and yoga asana while cleaning turns a potentially monotonous chore into an enjoyable experience.
Favorite music to pair with yoga
When I’m not practicing in silence, I enjoy Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Led Zeppelin, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Tom Petty, Lindsey Stirling, Tchaikovsky, 2Cellos, Sting . . . I have a library.
Oh, yah, one more thing . . .
When I’m not teaching I’m an editor, writer, poet, volunteer, “house chef,” wife, auntie, friend, and usually laughing!
About Vitality Yoga
Yoga is more than exercise; it’s a way of experiencing life, mindfully. When we are balanced in mind, body, and spirit, we can be compassionate and loving in the face of adversity; find humor and lightheartedness amongst calamity; and emerge from the rubble stronger, happier, and sufficiently equipped for the present.
Vitality Yoga provides tools that encourage students to live authentically. Asana practice assists us in remaining focused on precision alignment, pranayama (breath work), and finding ease even in discomfort. Andrea uses yoga props to make postures accessible for a variety of student body types. Playfulness and smiles always encouraged.
Yoga: I have been practicing yoga for 25 years. It began with a meditation and didn’t take long to evolve into asana and lifestyle practices.
- Yoga Alliance 500-RYT certified
- Practiced with Sandy Carmellini, H.S. Arunji, Tiffany Cruikshank and others
- Received anatomy and kinesiology training from Shari Ser, PT, RYT 500, E-RYT 500
- Nearly 1,000 teaching hours
- Experience working with prenatal, athletes, and those with physical limitations
Reiki: I received my Reiki I and Reiki II attunements in 2014.
- Trained by Amy Erez at Sugi Health
- Follow the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition