Yoga is the 8 limbed path. The 8 limbs begin with the yamas and the niyamas so a lot of preliminary work for “yoga” happens within studying our own morality and truly picking a part our conditioned beliefs and questioning parts of our truth that are shallow or covered by maya (the illusion.) Sam also practices the third limb of yoga, asana. Sam tries to bring her asana practice back to a practice of awareness by using posture, breath and drishti together to create a state of presence to focus upon. Sam is still moving through the limbs. Yoga is a practice that is derived from Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and is intertwined with the culture of much of southeast Asia. Paying homage to the roots of yoga is extremely important to Sam and she works to refine her understanding of history and philosophy constantly.
Sam first trained in yoga asana on the Jersey Shore and received her 200 hour certification in 2012. Within a year Sam went to India for the first time to attend a second 200 hour teacher training in the Himalayas. After returning from India for the first time Sam and Tess McDaniel opened Bodhi Movement, a yoga studio in Jackson, New Jersey in January of 2014. Tess later became a supporting teacher instead of co-owner but continues to work with the school consistently. Sam has trained in asana in New York City at Laughing Lotus and was certified in their 50 hour FLY training. Shortly after she traveled to San Diego, California to attend the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence with Pattabhi Jois’ son Mañju and other authorized Mysore Ashtanga teachers. At this point Sam was very interested in the Ashtanga lineage and method. Sam continued to practice primary series for the next several years to refine her personal practice. Since becoming involved in ashtanga, Sam has begun to fly yearly to Mysore, India for further study with Saraswathi at KPJAYI. She does not wish to be authorized but wants to share her love of Ashtanga to all that are open. Sam was trained privately in Greece and Boulder, Colorado to complete her 300 yoga teacher training in 2016.
Bodhi Movement became a certified Yoga Alliance School in 2014, and ran their first 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014-2015 with Joell Lanfrank. Sam and Tina Bock created Bodhi Yoga Academy in late 2014, early 2015. Sam now hosts teacher trainings all over the world with the school. Bodhi Yoga Academy now operates mainly with Sam, Irene Pappas and Tess McDaniel as it's lead teachers, using supporting teachers in most trainings. Bodhi Yoga Academy recently started hosting 300 hour yoga teacher trainings and will continue to host retreats, 200 and 300 hour trainings all over the world, including in their current hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Sam and Irene Pappas opening a donation-based asana studio in Boulder. Colorado in June 2018. The duo continues to host yoga teacher trainings on a "sliding-scale" basis in terms of tuition and is actively trying to become a non-profit organization. Sam uses rough language and isn't afraid to talk about the forbidden topics; religion, politics, and ethics. All will be discussed in her retreats & teacher trainings.
Current Location: Boulder, Colorado